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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: Belated thoughts RE: (urth) Shadowy reflections on an amazing
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 16:56:44 -0700

Nigel observed:

> Severian in some sense takes on the role of Christ when he resists
> Typhon's three-fold temptations, but as the author has insisted
> elsewhere, Severian is not Jesus...

and I insist that this is a case where the author either is -- I was
going to say "lying" but let me say instead "being deliberatly disingenuous"
-- or doesn't know what he's talking about. Or maybe some combination of
the two. And it doesn't start with the temptation in the desert.

I mean, come on: his career starts with baptism and ends with 
resurrection. Before he meets Typhon, he raises the dead, heals the
sick turns water into wine, tames wild beasts, and (I think a case
could be made) banishes demons. Not to mention coming back from the
dead repeatedly, telling parables (what _do_ you think the stories 
in the Book of Urth and Sky are?), etc., etc., etc.



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