Ah. You’re late. Sit down.
No, no, I’m sure you have a fine excuse. This is not the Midway. You are not a customer in a worldstore. This is a lecture hall and your late arrival has disrupted a lecture on the patterns of world formation when looked at through the lens of storytelling. In other words, seeing patterns in literature.
As I was saying, class, as we look at the worlds that authors create, we discover many curious consistencies. For instance, the boat.