Good Shoar

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Besides appearing in "Fools Circel 9wys", Good Shoar plays no role in the story, but Hoban explained it in his afterword: "Good Shoar is Deal, where I paid a boatman to take me out to the Goodwin Sands." EE He later elaborated via E-mail: "It is that part of the shore facing the sands where the town of Deal now stands. At one time in the dim and unrecorded past of Riddley's people there were rites there and possibly human sacrifice although I didn't develop this in the final version. The name Good Shoar is propitiatory, like calling the Erinyes the Eumenides. The Goodwin Sands rise and sink regularly and (I seem to remember reading) have sometimes brought up things long-hidden." RH