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The Confusion is the second volume in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. It consists of two books, Bonanza and The Juncto.

The two books are "con-fused": a few chapters from one book are followed by chapters from the other. In this way, the two stories are told roughly as they occur in time. The Confusion is the only volume in which books are interleaved.

Significance of the titleEdit

The term confusion has several meanings relevant to the books.

  • the volume consists of two books that have been "con-fused"
  • metallurgic confusion, the process of mingling two metals into an alloy, is important in refining gold
  • crytographic confusion, making the relationship the a key and ciphertext as difficult to break as possible

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