From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) Horn and Silk Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 08:51:03 -0800 I'm tossing some ideas around here for play. Toss 'em back if you don't like 'em; play with 'em yourself if you do. I think one thing that needs to be addressed is the nature of the relationship of tBotSS to tBotLS, and I think the best model is the relationship between the Gospels and the other books of the New Testament. It has recently been suggested by several persons on this forum that Silk directly inspires LONG, thus giving it a greater level of veracity or accuracy than SHORT, or at least than those parts of SHORT that deal with Horn prior to his becoming bleshed with Silk (and possibly some nameless inhumu). Now, it seems to me that, given that Silk is very much a messianic figure for the people of the Short Sun Whorls, and that Horn is the author of one, but not the only, account of the deeds of Silk, we need to look at the Apostles for our models of Horn. My first inclination is to look at St. Paul. Quite aside from the obvious Odyssey parallel, one could easily see SHORT as in some ways paralleling the missionary voyages of Paul - complete with shipwrecks, the insistence of the principal on earning his way when the local people want to give him all he needs, etc., etc. There is, however, a very serious objection to the use of Paul as a model for Horn: Paul's (well, Saul's) persecution of the early Church, prior to his conversion, is a stark contrast to Horn's position as possibly Silk's first convert, and certainly a convert prior to the founding of the Silk cult. The next choice would seem to be Peter. I don't recall anything in LONG that would parallel Peter's moment of doubt - but then, there's nothing in LONG that really parallels the Crucifixion either: perhaps a less literal approach is required here. At that point, things become a little more promising. Horn, like Peter, is the first to recognize the unique nature of his Master. Horn stays at home (well, new-home) with his people until at last he sets out on a journey which results in his death. But that really doesn't work either. Another option would be John, and indeed one can see some parallels to John's apocalyptic visions in the Narr's experiences on Green and the Whorl. But to be honest, I think in the end any such search for specific parallels is going to fall apart, because Horn isn't any of them - he is a unique character, in a very different situation from first-century Judaea: and at the same time, he amalgamates aspects of at least these three, and perhaps several others of the Apostles and Evangelists. And the voyages of Paul thus become relevant and interesting again (especially if we think of Krait as a possible parallel to Luke ... horrors!). We then see that Silk, as a result of his experiences on his voyage, ultimately is indwelt by the Spirit of Silk ... or is it that Silk is indwelt by the spirit of Horn? This becomes complex and confusing. Comments? Sneers? --