In the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve, a major character in later instalments is Oenone Zero, a person whose first name I immediately noticed is an anagram of one one. At some point it's revealed that she had a brother called Eno, an anagram of one.

What's with all the numbers in these character names? Does it signify anything related to her character that her name is almost 110, or is it just a family trend that makes the character somehow memorable? (When writing this question, I didn't remember that there was a Greek mythological character called Oenone, but I still hold that the numbers thing in Mortal Engines can't be a coincidence, with Zero and Eno as well.)

  • Oenone is also a nymph in Greek mythology. Paris was shacking up with her when the goddesses came to him to get a ruling about the apple, and he dumped her for Helen.
    – Mary
    Mar 9, 2023 at 1:44
  • @Mary Ah, I'd forgotten that, thanks! I think my question is still valid though - even if Oenone is more than just an anagram of numbers, there's also Zero and Eno, which is surely too much for coincidence.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 9, 2023 at 5:55
  • I don't know the books but "one one zero" immediately made me think of binary. Could that be relevant?
    – Matt Thrower
    Mar 9, 2023 at 9:05


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