From: Dan Rabin <email@example.com> Subject: (urth) Assignment of Roles in Dr. Talos's _Eschatology and Genesis_ Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 17:13:24 [Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works] Here's my deduction of who played whom in Dr. Talos's play, based on explicit statements, physical characteristics, and the constraint that no actor can appear in more than one role simultaneously. I'm sure many readers of this list have already worked this out, but others may welcome it as a useful reference for the present discussion. I will gladly receive additions and corrections. -- Dan Rabin Gabriel - Dr. Talos The Giant Nod - Baldanders Meschia, the First Man - Severian Meschiane, the First Woman - Dorcas Jahi - Jolenta The Autarch - Dr. Talos The Contessa - Jolenta Her Maid - Dorcas Two Soldiers - Dr. Talos and Severian [note 1] A Statue - Baldanders A Prophet - Severian The Generalissimo - Severian Two Demons (disguised) - Severian and Dorcas The Inquisitor - Dr. Talos His Familiar - Severian Angelic Beings [note 2] The New Sun The Old Sun The Moon [note 1] Dr. Talos must be First Soldier and Severian Second Soldier, because First Soldier and Familiar appear together in a scene. Also, Second Soldier's role requires physical strength (carrying Jahi/Jolenta), which we know Dr. Talos does not possess (see _The Sword of the Lictor_). [note 2] I don't think it obvious who plays which demon. Both demons appear simultaneously with Autarch/Talos, and Second Demon appears simultaneously with Nod/Baldanders and Jahi/Jolenta. The pair must thus be Severian and Dorcas, but which is which? I favor Severian as Second Demon because 1) his prophecies in the first demon-scene include the line about natural resources cited in an Epilogue by Wolfe, and 2) Second Demon adopts the stance of a soldier (one of Severian's roles) in the second demon-scene.