From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) Thoughts on Undines, and other ramblings Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 21:31:25 -0400 From Jeff Wilon: > Juturna =says= she serves Abaia. But the Undines are absolutely not into > high-tech gadgets, since they slosh around naked all the time. I think > Andrew began to think of all the various dark lords' minions as Undines, > since Juturna is very prominently their servant. From me: > > Don't think Scylla did any such thing. Undines however *can* swim through > > the universe, and time, a la Brook Madrigot. Human spaceships must obey the > > laws of our universe, however. For some reason, this all makes sense to me. From him: > Whoa there! =One= of them, Juturna, is shown to do something like this. > This may or may not be her own ability like Severian and the Green Man, > but it may be something granted by Abaia, like Master Ash's house is > powered by Erebus or somebody. > > Or it may be a skill their minions acquire in order to follow the paths > laid down by those same powerful beings. Juturna might only be able to > point into the fourth dimension while Severian is there. Idas certainly > doesn't have the ability to flee in any but the usual way. Juturna is our sole adult acquaintance with this group of the Other People and I think she has to count for something representative in a novel..Her talents seem thoroughly mythological to me, not "granted by Abaia," and extremely feminine in a not entirely PC sense.. Idas is possibly only 10 years old, and in disguise--not a good contra-example. -alga -alga --