|Jupiter and Mercury in the house of Philemon and Baucis|
The 3 hypotheses:
- "that they hate the earth";
- "that they respect it so much they avoid all contact"; and
- "that they love it as it was before they existed and with spyglasses and telescopes aimed downward they never tire of examining it...."
- A number of great stilts like flamingos' legs supporting the city, which, on a sunny day, casts and angular shadow;
- and perhaps this one is stretching it, but check out how long it takes to get to the city: not seven days does it take, but only after seven days do you arrive there, and what, of course, comes after seven? And then immediately the mention and description of the long slender stilts reaching up into the heavens?
A spider, right? And not just any spider, but a spider so lofty as to dwell in the heavens, where only the gods and, perhaps, at least one of the greatest of emperors reside, right?
Interesting that the citizens of the city never descend, as they have everything they need with them, yet they leave ladders out for those who may desire an ascent a means of access.
As far as the name is concerned, Baucis, I'll let you draw your own conclusions.