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From: douge@nti.com (Doug Eigsti)
Subject: Re: (whorl) Coo-coo-coo-roo
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 08:39:48 

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

> Talon:
> > 	This citation, and Silk's progressive realization that the 
> > Outsider is the "God of gods", leads me to believe that no mere mortal 
> > could take on the role of the Outsider. The Conciliator may have been 
> > worshiped but was not truly divine.
> I don't see how you can say that Severian is a mere mortal. Everything
> about him is progressively supernatural, he performs miraculous healings,
> is tested as a god, saves the Urth itself, walks the corridors of time,
> breathes water, convenes with angels, has his soul linked to a star--hey,
> what more do you want?
	I see Severian as a mere mortal that has put on immortality, and 
other supernatural characteristics, through the workings of the 
Increate/Pancreator, not through any innate qualities he may possess. His 
elevated station is the result of divine intervention. He is the 
Increate's chosen instrument, just as Silk is the Outsider's. (I had to 
work in some Whorl content for Ranjit).


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