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Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 18:50:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jennifer Van Goethem 
Subject: Re: (urth) Severian's Daughter

> Yes! Of Dorcas, with her leaden morning sickness!
> Why else would Severian be
> delighted to meet anyone? And why else would Wolfe
> had put her on the "boat,"
> and not had her talk?

Well, as I glance back over UTNS, it seems unlikely
that Thais could be Severian's kid by Dorcas.  The
last he saw of her was a decade or so before leaving
to get the New Sun, and he returns several more
decades latter, if poor shriveled Valaria is any
indication.  Thais is in Severian's estimation "fairly
young", so perhaps a grandchild?

She does seem to know her way around a boat, being a
"sensible woman...bailing downwind."  She is
remarkably quiet in the discussion of the
hypothetical, illegitimate heirs of Auturch Severian. 
And even more quiet after they're all reunited on the
boat.  Seems some discussion was had in Severian's
absence, huh?  And what was she going to say before
Pega elbows her in the ribs?  For that matter, what's
the secret exchange between Pega and Odillo just prior
to that?  

More questions than answers I'm afraid.

Good Luck to anyone willing to try on this one.


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