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Source: Snow Crash, Page: 95

The Nipponese businessman lies cut in segments on The Black Sun's floor. Surprisingly (he looks so real when he's in one piece) no flesh, blood or organs are visible through the new cross-sections That Hiro's blade made through his body. He is nothing but a thin shell of epidermis, an incredibly complex inflatable doll. But the air does not rust out of him, he fails to collapse, and you can look into the aperture of a sword cut, and see, instead of bones and meat, the back of the skin on the other side.

It breaks the metaphor. The avatar is not acting like a real body. It reminds all The Black Sun's patrons that they are living in a fantasy world. People hate to be reminded of this.

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About the Book 'Snow Crash'
By Neal Stephenson
Produced By Bantam Spectra

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