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From: Michael Andre-Driussi <mantis@sirius.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) more thoughts on Red Star
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 15:03:45 

Marc wrote:

>As an aside, I have always wondered about that part in The Book of the New
>(but right now I can't remember whether it is at the end of Claw or the
>beginning of Sword) in which Severian meets this old woman (man?) in a hut
>she talks to her son about the tall stranger who came through with a staff
>when he was just a boy.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about, and if we
>are to assume that the tall stranger was someone in the text like Palaemon?
>(the description does sound like Horn, but that is reading too much into a
>slight detail.)  Sorry this is so sketchy, just one of those unsolved
>mysteries.  I'll look for the exact place later.

You might think you are being sketchy, but we know exactly what you are
talking about.  (Here, it is in III, ch. 7.)

Yes, some of us sometimes think that the silent man is Palaemon-in-exile.
Check the archive for some of the detailed arguments for and against.


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