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Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 09:41:25 -0600
From: James Jordan 
Subject: Re: (urth) color change in azoth and other stuff

At 10:05 PM 1/30/2002, you wrote:

>I wonder if the trees are something unique to the Short Sun books?  Did Wolfe
>already have trees planned as important, possibly sentient beings from the
>beginning of Nightside the Long Sun? There is that odd scene when Silk is
>breaking in to Blood's house where he feels like someone is watching him from
>the trees, but I thought it was an owl or possibly an inhumu.  Who can say? I
>think that the beginning of In Green's Jungles, echoing Peace, clues us in to
>pay attention every time a tree pops up: Elmo has fallen.)

Well, remember that Quetzal slithers onto a tree at one point (in 
Nightside?). There's  "serpent in Eden" motif here that is very obvious, 
given that we're in the Church -- though Quetzal seems a kind of "converted 
serpent." Someone watching Silk from a tree would most likely be Quetzal. 
Of course, on your thesis, the tree might be more than a tree also.



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