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What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Davies is extremely interested in the works of Carl Jung, basically every character is a Jungian archetype. For the sequel The Manticore, Davies dropped the middleman and plotted the novel as a transcript of an extended Jungian analysis session.