This is the hierarchy of shapes, from the lowest respected to the highest:
Click on the name to view a picture of that creature.
The Women are the lowest
ranking inhabitants of Flatland. They are straight lines, and deadly if you were to run
into one of her ends (which are only points). That's why it is the law for women in
Flatland to always be making some kind of noise--otherwise she is inwisible unless you
look at her broadside.
The Soldiers are only
slightly more respected than the women. They are isosceles triangles with small vertex
angles, and are often rather stupid (because, the bigger the vertex angle, the more
The Equilateral Triangles
are more respected than any woman or isosceles triangle. They say that, with each
generation, if everything goes right, that the vertex angle goes up by 1/2 of a degree. So
eventually, over time, an isosceles triangle can grow into an equilateral triangle--the
first of the regulars.
The Square is the kind
of creature that the main character (A. Square) is.
The Pentagon is a little
bit more highly respected--you get the idea: as the amount of sides (of the regular
figure) goes up, so does the amount of respect due that person. The general rule here is
that one side is added per generation--for instance: A. Square's parents were most likely
equilateral triangles, while his children are pentagons (5-sided) and his grandchildren
are hexagons (6-sided).
After a while, when the number of sides of a person gets to around
400-500, they are (out of respect) called a Circle.
The circles are the most highly respected people in all of Flatland and are the rulers of
Flatland as well.