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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Severian's Lies
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 15:07:19 

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998 m.driussi@genie.com wrote:

> One of Greg Feeley's list of "Severian's lies" is in chapter four,
> when Valeria mentions the Tower of Torment "where all who enter die
> in agony."
> Quote Severian: "I told her that, at least, was a fable."
> Then again, Feeley was flexible enough to note that the lie was based
> on the technicallity that the torturers themselves entered (and
> exited) on a daily basis without dying in agony.  FWIW!

Forgive me if I'm misremembering and the "Tower of Torment" refers
specifically to the execution wing of the torturer's building, but aren't
there a lot of "clients" whose sentence includes some form of torture but
not death? 


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