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From: raster@highfiber.com (Charles Dye)
Subject: (urth) Re: Gene/Jeannine/#5
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 10:53:43 

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

"Robert Borski" <rborski@coredcs.com> elucidates:

>As for the "Wolfe" moiety, besides the library reference, Number Five
>remarks that his house is sometimes referred to as Maison du Chien and that
>this "may have been a reference to our surname as well." [ibid. pg 14].
>Chien meaning dog in French, it's not that big of a stretch to assume
>Wolf/e (dogs being evolutionarily the domesticated versions of wolves) is
>the name in question.

Ah, and I though "Maison du Chien" was just more polyglot punnery like
"Cave Canem" ("Beware of Dog," referring to the statue, but reinterpreted
as "Dog Cave.")  666 Saltimbanque is of course a cat house, among other
things ....


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