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From: "Kieran Cleary" <kcleary@tinet.ie>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Quetzal & his body suit
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 15:33:18 +0000

[Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]


more out of mischievousness than anything else,

> His neck is unnaturally long and wrinkled, 

You might expect some stretching and pulling when a human body is 
used as a piece of apparel

> his profile is nearly noseless, 

and some wear and tear over the years...

> his head
> sways from side to side, 

sure, there is a snake inside...

> he is light but strong, and so on.

because his form belies his innards...

>  There is
> also a description of him touching up his makeup (on the first page of
> _Calde_):  "He had shaped and colored his face and neck with care upon
> arising..."  Later, "he extracted the puff ... and applied flesh-toned
> powder delicately to the small, sharp chin he had shaped with such care
> upon arising."
Is it really feasible that, with deft application of putty and 
foundation that a scarlet-plumed serpent could masquerade as a human? 

Kieran Cleary
Senior Research Engineer
North West Labs
Finisklin Industrial Estate
Republic of Ireland

Tel. +353 71 69441
Fax. +353 71 69451
email kcleary@nwlabs.com

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