1) It is an assumption that Quill hears this from Windfall Island. He could very well hear it from any number of other sources, such as the Fishmen. Additionally, assuming characters we don't see have short ears is preposterous.
Given that the fishmen would never have seen the girls, and that no one else would have personally known the girls or noticed their disappearance, the only realistic source must have been the people of Windfall Island.
And if we can't assume an invisible population, that means the kidnapped girls must be distinguished from the other girls by their long ears, proving that the other girls are meant to have round ears.
2) Straw man. Neither I nor anybody else said everybody on the Great Sea had long ears. We're simply saying that there's no direct evidence of a decline of the ears.
You're saying that almost everyone has long ears then, which is the point of argument. I was generalising.
Wrong. I am arguing that just about all people in TWW have long ears because there is little to no differences between most of their ears. A few characters on Outset Island (the mother of Zill & the other boy whose name I can't remember), as well as Zill and the other boy themselves.
But there is a clear difference in ears due to the extent of the lower point away from the head, which creates a rounded shape. In all the cases where there are clear long ears, it is because the lower point does not extend further than the top point, so the shape remains triangular.
Which appears on Link's ears, too.
It does, but it doesn't extend further than the top point, so it doesn't create a rounded shape.
Edited by jhurvid, 02 April 2008 - 10:32 AM.