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From: m.driussi@genie.com
Subject: (whorl) Train from Wolfeland
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 97 21:15:00 GMT

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

Here they are, the Answers to the trainload of questions.  Without
any further preamble --

1. "Who or what is Oreb?"  Oreb is a night chough.

2. "What is his [Wolfe's] attraction to (pretenses that turn out to
be true?"  I'm sure it must be the unconscious hope that some of mine

3. "What was Typhon's purpose in lanunching the Whorl and was the
Blue/Green system the intended destination?"  Knowing Typhon as I do,
he probably had at least half a dozen purposes; but certainly one of
the chief must have been self-aggrandizement -- to return human kind
to the stars would be a very great thing indeed.  Yes, the Blue-Green
system was the intended destination.

4. "Pike's ghost."  It was seen in the manse, not the manteion; it
wasn't machine made.  I have not played Starcross, but then
STARCROSSER'S LANDFALL was David Hartwell's title, not mine; so it
seems likely enough that David has.  [Mantis note: obviously I took
the liberty in adding a rider to vizcacha's question, explaining what
"Starcross" is, etc.]

5. "Silk's englightenments."  They are purely miraculous.

6. "What is the source of information for the auguries?"  Silk is.
He is to some degree psychic and sometimes lucky; he also forms
unconscious conclusions, as we all do.  In other words, he foretells
the future very much as others do with cards or crystals.  What are
the very accurate divinations to which this questioner refers?

7. "What are Quetzal's motives?"  For what?  He hates the
Ayuntamiento and would like a thriving colony of human beings on

8. "Valleys filled with shadows."  This one throws me completely.
Where is the difficulty, unless all the valleys run parallel to the
Long Sun?  Naturally they don't.

9. "Kypris's beam."  It's the electron beam of the Sacred Window in
the former manteion.  Kypris is saying that she would have shown
herself in the Window, had it been possible.

10. "What are the dimensions of the Whorl?"  I don't know.

11. "What changed Mint's character?"  Kypris.  What I was trying to
say is that there is more to love than doves and simpering.

12. "Who was Blood's father?"  Patera Pike.

13. "Was the live cargo of the Whorl only put on board to preserve
the `wild' half of mankind so the Typhon/Pas entity could establish a
vital human vassal state on the destination world, or did the Inhumi
(sic) require the `wild' parts to satisfy their blood lust?"
Neither.  Typhon did not know about the inhumi [and] would have done
everything possible to keep them out of the Whorl if he had.  He
could not be certain that the sleepers would not die before the Whorl
reached its destination, or that they would be able to form viable
societies when they were awakened.  He coppered his bets by sending
humans in three forms: cargo, sleepers, and frozen embryos.  The
first arrived largely intact.  Some of the second and most of the
third were lost.

14. "Is there a member (current, former, or future of the Order of
Seekers for Truth and Penitence on the Whorl?"  I'm going to
interpret this questino in the broadest possible sense, since that
seems to be what Parsons wants.  Yes, there is.  It is Silk.

15. "Is the Outsider a form of Severian?"  No.  Severian is a form of
the Outsider.


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