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From: Peter Stephenson <pws@ibmth.df.unipi.it>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: "Another ancient greek of the same name"
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:12:30 +0200

"Roy C. Lackey" wrote:
> vizcacha wrote:
> Perhaps this is too simplistic a reading, but I have a mental picture of the
> software that does his speech having a slot for "the planet I'm on ='Urth'",
> "the home world = 'Earth'"; but of course, the two are homophones, so
> Severian is a bit confused when Jonas says "On <the home world>." <<
> Perhaps we can just chalk it up
> to the old saw about great minds thinking alike. <g>

This was going through my mind, too, and it seems to tie up the loose end
in the most plausible.  It's the sort of mistake Severian makes a lot.
Nice way of illustrating that even if (as Thackeray kept insisting) the
narrator is omniscient, he still doesn't know everything :-).


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