Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 23:32:36 -0500 From: "Stephen Case"
Subject: (urth) Last questions on Short Sun Today I finished Return to the Whorl, thus completing my second read of = the Short Sun books. I remain as convinced as ever that they were a = superb story, reaching a satisfactory conclusion and tying up most of the = loose ends-- enough, in my opinion. After finishing the books again, I'm = left with only a few questions. I apologize if they've already been = answered somewhere. The first struck me over and over as I was reading On Blue's Waters, = though perhaps it was partially answered in Return to the Whorl. It is = this: why does Horn hate Sinew so much? He hates his own son enough that = when he shows up on the river to Pajurocu, Horn writes that he would have = killed him if Seawrack hadn't been around. Why? Horn has his faults, but = he seems to be a resonable, loving father, at least to the twins. Why the = animosity towards Sinew? I wondered if it had something to do with Sinew = not having a soul or something along those lines as a result of being bit = by Jahlee as a child. Return to the Whorl seemed to confirm this. As = Jahlee is dying, she reveils The Secret, which seems to be that to have = intelligent children, the Inhumas must steal the mind from a human child. = She says "Without blood, our children have no minds . . . Their minds are = yours. Here, long ago, I drank the blood of your small son. Krait was my = son, the ONLY ONE who lived with the mind it took from yours." Whether or = not this is The Secret, it satisfies me. What I still don't understand = though, and what this passage seems to be saying, is that somehow Sinew = did not have a mind/soul/whatever. Is this why Horn hated him? Sinew = seemed not to hold any particular animosity towards his father other than = the normal willfull teenage stubbornness. Did Horn somehow subconsiously = feel he was mindless or soul-less? If that is true, hat does it say about = other characters in the text? Can we assume anyone else's mind was stolen = by being bit by inhuma? Mora's grandmother perhaps? Question number two: What exactly is the deal with Pig? We know he was a = godling, worked as a mercenary while doing Pas's will by driving people = from the Whorl, and killed an auger in front of his window while looting a = town. When this happened, he was possessed by a piece of the piece of = Silk that became a part of Pas in Exodus. (?) The piece of Silk drove him = to find Hyacinth's body in the manse where she and Silk lived and later to = mourne her in Blood's villa. Horn/Silk made contact with the piece of = Silk in Pig and restored his sight by donating an eye. I guess my = question then is, do I have it right? What purpose did Pig serve? I know = some speculated that Pig actually killed or at least fought with Silk at = the old manse before Horn came along, but this doesn't seem to fit with = what I think is Silk's obvious suicide attempt. If he didn't try to kill = himself, that very last scene with Remora doesn't make sense. Okay, last and most troubling question: Why doesn't Silk/Horn eat? Wolfe = makes it clear all the way through Green's Jungles and Return to the Whorl = that he eats very little, if anything. And yet I can't seem to find any = other clues that would explain this. The only possibility I can imagine-- = and don't want to-- is that somehow Silk/Horn is an inhumu. The biggest = clue I could find was near the end of Ch. 18 in Return to the Whorl. = Hoof, Silk/Horn, and Juganu are on the boat after returning from the Red = Sun Whorl. Hoof writes: "Father nodded and sipped from the wine bottle; = sometimes it seemed like he was just pretending to eat and drink, and this = was one of them . . . Juganu had been listening to us, and had even = swallowed some soup." Here not only does it reiterate that Silk/Horn eats = little to nothing, but it shows that inhumu can eat a little. Silk/Horn = an inhumu? I can't even begin to figure this one out. Any illuminaion would be appreciated, -Steve --