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From: adam louis stephanides <astephan@students.uiuc.edu>
Subject: (urth) Little Sev; Fomalhautian
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 10:58:45 

On Mon, 22 Jun 1998 James Moar wrote:

> The first is the thematic point of the whole sequence in _Sword_ with =
> Little Severian. I can see how it suggests Severian has a sister, =
> lets Severian=B9s development of a conscience be shown, and carries =
> forward a few plot points with Agia and Alzabos. But Little Severian =
> is around for a long time to be just a plot function, and I don=B9t =
> quite get it.

Well, as you say it marks a stage in Severian's moral development.
He's taking responsibility for the consequences of his earlier lack of
forgiveness, and it's the only sequence I can recollect at the moment in
which Severian is shown as taking care of someone dependent on him for an
extended period of time (apart perhaps from Dorcas in Thrax, but there he
struck me as neglecting her.)  It also shows Big Severian in a more
likable light than usual.

More specifically, as I said in my earlier post on "New Sun miscellany,"
it's when Little Severian is killed that Severian first (as far as we
know) entertains the ambition to overcome time, which he fulfills by
becoming the New Sun.  I don't know if these will strike you as sufficient
to justify the time spent on Little Severian, though.

Spectacled Bear writes:

> The extraterrestrial mind contacted by the Cumaean I took to be
> just some ancient Fomalhautian of no other particular significance.

That was my point.  As far as we're concerned, the extraterrestrial mind
is "just some ancient Fomalhautian."  Wolfe undoubtedly has a whole
backstory explaining who the Fomalhautian is and his/her connection with
the Cumaean, but unless it's mentioned in BotSS or Wolfe's notes are
published we'll never know it.

*More Wolfe info & archive of this list at http://www.urth.net/urth/

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