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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) Re: The irrigation of Lune
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 08:40:51 -0800

Roy wrote:

> If agents of the Increate caused it, as retribution, that is something
> else entirely. 

And Matthew responded:

> Why "Retribution"?
> The Increate's servants seem to be looking for - or even forcing -
> some sort of redemption in Man. If they are responsible for the
> wounding of the sun (a view I favour) I'd be more inclined to see
> it as a stimulus or goad pushing towards that goal.

I may be wrong, but I seem to recall a passage -- and it's about time
for my periodic rereading of tBotNS (which will probably wind up being
a period rereading of the whole Sun metaseries) -- in which Severian
reports being told that the wounding of the Sun is part of a larger
plan to _isolate_ humanity until we are matured or redeemed or repentant
or, well, whatever, enough to be allowed to go out and play with the
rest of the galaxy. Does anyone else recall this, or am I dreaming it?



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