From: Scott Dalrymple <ScottD@wycol.com> Subject: Re: (whorl) beating a dead horse Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 14:13:59 [Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun] At 10:08 AM 5/9/97 EDT, you wrote: > >Thanks for the great and thorough answers in response to my >Pas/Typhon questions. Now that the connection between the two >series has been nailed down, I have a slightly stickier question: >why? What is served by the two series being connected? For me, the fact that Typhon launched the Whorl gave me a greater appreciation of the immensity of both his vision and his supreme arrogance (especially given the fact that he fashions Pas after himself). The image of the Whorl seems to me an extension of the huge statue of Typhon: a testament to his awesomely-scaled monomaniacal streak. Is this link between the series necessary? Does it offer any particularly important insights into the _Long Sun_ series? Probably not. But it cost Wolfe nothing to link the two, and it does make me read the Typhon section of the _Urth_ series differently now. I think it's a delicious bonus to have the two linked. On a somewhat practical level, one might contend that the very strong similarities between the religion in _Long Sun_ and Catholicism argues for a somewhat shorter time span than we generally imagine between today's time and Typhon's; remnants of Catholicism certainly still exist even in Severian's present, but seem more removed than what Silk practices.