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From: "Mitchell A. Bailey" <MAB@lindau.net>
Subject: (urth) Amazing Proof! 5HC and B/UNS Were Written by THE SAME GUY!
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 15:51:34 

Since things are sorta quiet lately...
I have set out to catalogue parallels between 5HC, B/UNS, other than
those already discussed recently, be they similarity of situation, a
similar turn of phrase, similar motifs and imagery, or what have you.
Here is what I've found:

A dim, red sun. 5HC (in "V.R.T.") further evokes the image of its
intrinsically redder sun (compared to our Sol) eventually dying and
going out when Victor describes the manner in which he would like
eventually to be interred in a cave in the gorge of the Tempus river in
the mountains of St. Anne.

A great, vice-ridden port city as a major setting, in which a rundown,
neglected library and a citadel are landmarks.

The finding of a dead body in said city, accepted as an almost normal
occasional occurrence: 
the body in brightly colored rags Number Five sees in the alley; 
the man suffocated "with a lambrequin" the morning after Sev meets Dr.
Talos and Baldanders (ever practical, Dr. Talos checks the corpse'

"A river runs through it". Said river serves as a metaphor for time. 
More obviously so in 5HC given the river's settlers' name, "Tempus" and
its alleged place in the theology of both the marsh people and the hill
See Sev's discussion with Master Ash. "Gyoll" is the Styx of
Scandanavian mythology, the river which the dead cross by the Rainbow
Bridge as they near the borders of Hel's realm.

People who tell stories, as an utterance of their humanity. In 5HC,
being a shorter work, the stories tend to be referred to than related

The staging of a play by major characters in the books.

A wise old teacher who is at least in part cybernetic or prosthetic, but
also is very much human: 
Palaemon; Mr. Million

Another wise old guide or teacher who is an eidolon or "aquastor": 
the aquastor of Master Malrubius; the Shadow Childrens' Old Wise One (or
Group Norm)

The metaphor of a wound speaking like a mouth, in reference to persons
speaking whose time in this world has already expired (i.e. a "dead man
the marshman blinded by the Shadow Children in "A Story"; 
Baldanders' lines in his role as Nod in "Eschatology & Genesis".

The concept that one who is resurrected from death would be immediately
murdered in a panic by his/her loved ones: 
the sad tale of Zama in UNS; 
the Old Wise One explaining to Sandwalker that though the Shadow
Children sorrow for their murdered companions, they would not wish to
resurrect them by "singing" if such were possible, and would probably
try to slay them if such a thing occurred.

The similar dream/vision of hanging disembodied and vulnerable among
fiery objects in space:
Sandwalker asleep in the sand pit as he is being drawn under by the
Sev's impressions during the duel of magic with Decuman in the village
of magicians. Both dreams end in someone else screaming.

I don't really see a dissertation out of this so far, but, what the
heck, I wasn't an English major. Let's see... thesis: The exultants are
actually very tall Shadow Children....<g>

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