Colored pencil drawing by Laurie J. Marks.
Zanja turned a few more pages of the lexicon, saying, “Well this one will also befuddle you, but without making you angry. Look at these two illustrations.” They were on adjacent pages, of course, for they were the glyphs East and West, and the illustrations were similar to those with which Zanja was familiar. In one, a woman in a rowboat fished in the ocean and the sun lay near the horizon, and in the other a man traveling in the mountains gazed towards the peaks and at the sun that rested upon them. Neither Seth nor Karis seemed to notice what was so strange about these, so Zanja tapped a finger on the glyph that marked the illustration known as West, and said, “This is the glyph for East. And this–” she turned the page, to the woman in the boat, “–this is West.”
Seth and Karis stared at the pages as Zanja flipped back and forth from one illustration to the other. Finally, Karis said, "How could anyone not know which way the ocean lies?”