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From: Alex David Groce <Alex_Groce@gs246.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: (whorl) BLUE religion notes
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 14:04:14 

Nor, for that matter, had Severian become a perfected being in URTH.  Despite
the Christ-imagery, none of Wolfe's heroes are Christ.  They're better viewed
as apostolic, blessed figures--performing miracles left and right, wiser than
than have any right to be, aided by the forces of nature, but decidedly not
part of the Godhead, and still capable of moral failure.

I suspect the New Vironese motive for the "goose chase" is self contradictory--
the five who send Silk probably want to get rid of Horn, and have some of the
motives of squashing this "new religion," but I suspect some of them (perhaps
the same ones harboring those motives) are also guilty of "Silkism" themselves,
those who knew Silk especially.  Glorifying Silk is part of the problem, they
may think, but they also may suspect that if Silk shows up it will "fix
everything."  Such mixed motives (and in some cases the right idea for the
wrong reasons or wrong idea for the right reason) are typical Wolfe.  Does
anyone else think that behind the stuttering Remora knows a LOT more about
things than even Horn thinks he does--he's seen Neighbors or some such, and
I suspect he knows who the fourth on Mucor's island is, although he won't
answer any questions.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Alex David Groce (agroce+@cs.cmu.edu)
Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department
8112 Wean Hall (412)-268-3066

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