From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) love & the inhumi Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 11:40:15 -0000 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alice K. Turner" > > and Hyacinth's ghost in the ruined palace: part mocking, part loving. > > What happened to them? > > Nice post, hartshorn. Which is to say that I too have thought about these > things. How in the world could two so fundamentally different characters > have found a way to get along? With Silk it would be the healing power of > sex, or love . . . now, come to think of it the whole business of the inhumi is about "the healing power of love", isn' it? If people stop hating the inhumi, who get their souls from people, will stop being god's scourge. Unfortunately Wolfe is not offering any facile answer here. The healing power of sexual love does not work particularly well where the inhumi are concerned: Jahlee's "humanisation" and interior sexualisation and love for Horn/Silk only leads her to try to kill Nettle. If anything the message of the books seems to be that you *can't* love the alien, or that it is a task that requires a god's patience. hartshorn --