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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 08:40:38 -0700
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: (urth) Thais the countessa

Recent talk of Thais as being Severian's daughter, and/or a sailor . . .

I thought that Thais was the best candidate for the character "the
countessa" in "Eschatology and Genesis."   In that play, the character
speaks of having been accompanied by Praetorian Guards when she saw a
strange man on the Road of Air in the House Absolute (II, 228) . . . in
URTH, Severian enters the House Absolute, and on the Path of Air he looks
down to see a lovely woman with black hair, weeping while surrounded by
Praetorian Guards (293).

Even if this is true, Severian does not mention that Thais is that woman he


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