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From: Paul C Duggan <pduggan@world.std.com>
Subject: (urth) Hothouse
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 13:37:57 

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

> 1) saying the office is unchangeable, fixed--it is a memory, not the
>    real thing: another hint to the reader that Weer is dead.  It is a
>    preserved corpse of an office.
> 2) the nails are also somewhat cruel, reminding us of "A Christmas
>    Carol"'s ghost Morely, who says he "wears the chains he forged 
>    in life".  Weer is nailed to his memos.

Could they also be coffin nails?

Someone else writes:

> "priest" in a prominent role.  HOTHOUSE lacks any specific comparisons
> other than a future with a dying sun, but there's something of the
> same melancholy.

Doesn't it also have photo-synthesizing humans? (like the Green Man?)

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