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From: "Nicholas Gevers" <potto@webmail.co.za>
Subject: (urth) Inire
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 10:09:31 +0200

In his Lexicon Urthus, mantis translates "Inire" plausibly enough by
reference to the Latin for "to begin, to enter". I'd like to suggest
that a different, more literal reading might also be helpful: that of
Father Inire as "Father In Ire". By striving to make the New Sun a
reality, Inire helps bring a new Deluge to Urth, ultimately
exterminating the people of the Commonwealth; would it to be fair to
regard him as an instrument of Divine justice, of God in His Ire
punishing the human race for the excesses of the past (the First
Empire, Typhon, or civilization in general)? Needless to say, I don't
see the birth of Ushas as an unalloyed blessing; Severian writes of
"what I have done to Urth", and he has always seemed to me a dupe of
the Increate, the carrier of a merciless judgement.
Nicholas Gevers
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