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From: Marc Coleman <marc.coleman@mwcia.org>
Subject: Re: (urth) Severian and the White Fountain
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 08:04:31 

  Severian, on the other hand, was 
>indoctrinated as an apprentice torturer with the concept of inflicting
>pain for the greater good of the whole.  Though he failed to act
>accordingly on two occasions, this indoctrination may have tipped the
>probabilities in favor of Severian's acceptance of the New Sun.
>Any comments?  Any better ideas?
Well said.  He walks down a hallway before his examination and has to see
his "clients" from their point of view. When he killed the old Autarch and
took the many Autarch's personalities, that seemed pretty symbolic of what
comes later, once again doing "what had to be done".    marc 

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