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Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 12:48:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: (urth) Unsheathing Long Swords

As a little break from our more involved discussions, here's a
down-to-earth question that probably has a straightforward answer.

How does Severian quickly unsheath his sword when it's slung behind his
back?  I'm imagining it being long enough that he can't simply reach back
and pull it out (his arm not being long enough to get it all the way out
of the sheath).   And if its length is comparable to the span of
Severian's arms, I'm not sure how he gets it out at all.   Am I wrongly
imagining Terminus Est as much longer than it really is?



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