From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) Thecla's Lunatic Irritation Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 09:30:41 -0800 > > Thecla (p. 239) correction, she did not exactly take her own life to > > avoid another session with the revolutionary, rather, she did so to > > avoid further torment by the in-dwelling demon summoned by the device. > I think that this bears closer examination. Rather than a device that > literally summons demons (just as the Book contains hierodules rather > than literal angels), ... I am thus far in agreement ... > I think that the Rev is meant to be an electroshock device of fiendish > refinement that divides the brain by damaging tissue electrically and > leaves the non-speaking part greatly resentful of the trauma and > perhaps envious of the speaking part. > This would agree somewhat with studies of people who have had > their brains divided by damage or surgical severing of the corpus > callosum, which GW already used in "The Death of Doctor Island." This > would explain the image of the demon as having Thecla's face, since it > is part of herself. Alas, it would disagree far more with these studies - while the "two brains" do indeed appear to have independent "behavior" and possibly even independent "personalities" (giving rise to a host of questions for soulists like myself, which have never to date been really adequately answered), the "non-speaking" portion does not appear to resent the "speaking" portion, and certainly neither portion becomes self-destructive in the way described here. I think Mantis's "magical thinking" idea may have some merit, but even so - what happens to the victims of the Revolutionary isn't merely suicidal depression; the "demon" is actively sadistic and seeks to make the "host" _suffer_. (Suicidally depressed persons, deprived of the means of suicide, do not in general begin clawing at their own skin.) Whatever the Revolutionary does is significantly more complex than this. Nonetheless, there is at least some hope for a solution in the magical thinking idea. If the Lupiverse contains angel-equivalents like the hierodules, then magical thinking not only permits but seems to _require_ that we hypothesize demon-equivalents: and I see no reason why the Revolutionary might not actually summon one and instil it into the victim. --Blattid The division of functions is not the same as that in the RL documented procedure, but this can be attributed to the refinement of the device by Urthly science, the general scientific accuracy of the Book, and perhaps an effort on Wolfe's part to display an internal division within human nature. The Revolutionary turns one against one's self by separating the devil already inside from the mitigating moral conscience, or perhaps it involves original sin. -- Jeff Wilson How Am I Posting? 1-800-555-6789 "If your SecOp can see you, so can the enemy." -Cpt Law -- --