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From: "Alex David Groce" <adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Agia: Thief?
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:45:57 

Hmm...  Rereading that and the section of the theft, I'm now doubtful that Agia
did steal the Claw--I'm not sure what she was groping for in the cell, but I
think there's a strong suggestion that the Claw may have "stolen itself" or
something of the kind.  Severian's failure may, in fact, be that he has failed
to attribute his possession of the Claw to the proper agency.  I think it's
clear that Severian thinks Agia took it, and that at first the reader is meant
to concur; but I'm not so sure it's actually the case now.

On Oct 16, 12:00pm, Robert Borski wrote:
> Subject: (urth) Agia: Thief?
> raster having written: 
> "But it occurs to me that your theory can still be salvaged.  If
> Agia isn't trying to filch the Claw, then she must be after the
> keys.  We know S. has the door keys; where else would he carry them
> but his sabretache?  Agia doubtless assumes that he has the key to
> Agilus's chains as well."
> Actually, I like this notion rather well. And I don't think the coins
> theory can be totally discounted either, since Agia takes the orichalk Sev
> tosses her.
> Re Agia as the Claw's thief. I've already stated I find this difficult to
> accept, and wonder what mantis or other proponents of the Agia-as-thief
> theory make of the following scene in SWORD. Sev wants the Claw back from
> the cacogens, and Barbatus asks, "If it is yours, where did you get it?"
> Sev lays his Agia theory on him, but Barbatus seems almost incensed by
> this. "All this is speculation. You did not see this jewel upon the altar,
> nor did you feel the woman's hand when she gave it to you, if in fact she
> did. _Where did you get it?_" (p. 271, and these are Wolfe's italics, not
> mine.)
> Baldander's answer to the same question--'I got it from the drawer in a
> table'--also does not seem to satisfy Barbatus, and not much later
> Famulimus says to Sev, as they're walking to their timeship, "Though you
> did not now pass our test..."
> It seems to me that passing "the test" somehow involves correctly answering
> the question, "Where did you get it?" What think you?
> Re: EMPIRES OF FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS. I have a copy of the non-deluxe edition
> I'll let go for $175.00. It is a nice book, but perhaps too much so--I'm
> afraid to handle it, fearing fingerprints or drool may soil it.
> Robert Borski 
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>-- End of excerpt from Robert Borski

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." - John 8:32
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