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From: "Andy Robertson" <andywrobertson@clara.co.uk>
Subject: Re: (urth) The Best Introduction to the Mountains
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 21:46:09 -0000

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From: <treilly@ozemail.com.au>
> Medawar pointed out that of course Lewis in writing this unquestionably
>envisaged himself as lord of the manor!  The same assumption runs deep in
>Wolfe's words.


Wolfe is what we call a Nerd, in this decadent age, and in a better one
would call an Artisan.   His interest is in working quietly, cunningly, and
well; his hope is to be ruled by a true and good King; and his nearest self
image (in his works) is the protagonist of PEACE.

This is obvious from his books.   Severian is no self-image of Wolfe: I
never read a less convincing portrayal of the interior monologue of and
aggressive and sexually violent man.   Silk, celibate and constantly
suffering for his high status, is something Wolfe is much happier with.

    Andy R

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