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Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 23:55:20 -0500
From: "Stephen Case" 
Subject: (urth) Re: Digest from  urth@urth.net

If Silk wasn't trying to commit suicide over Hyacinth's casket, then what =
is the significance of Silk/Horn and Remora's conversation about death and =
suicide at the end of the series?  I thought the reason that kept Silk =
retreated into the Horn persona through most of the books was that he =
couldn't face the fact of himself committing suicide.  When he finally =
did, he emerged.  Didn't the Neighbors say something when Horn was dying =
about "transfering him into a healthy body who's soul was dying" or words =
to that effect?  I took this to mean that Silk's body was relatively =
healthy-- he hadn't gone far enough to truly be in danger of death-- but =
that his soul was dying, i.e. he had decided to end it all, made the =
decision to quit living, given up.  If Wolfe is a Christian, than this is =
one of the greatest moral crimes a man can commit.  If Silk is a servant =
of the Outsider, the same is true, and the fact that he committed it, fell =
so far, is why he stayed hidden in Horn for so long.  I think the suicide =
theory explains things rather nicely.  What holes do you guys see?



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