From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Typhon's vanity and Pas's Two Heads Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 14:32:13 -0800 > (I guess this is one of those "It isn't a bug, it is a > feature!" answers.) Well, yeah ... and I think we can also take it that Mr Wolfe's reasons for Pas being two-headed might be quite different from Typhon's reasons for making Pas two-headed ... that is, that Mr Wolfe has his emotional/thematic/ symbolic/etc. reasons for a two-headed Pas. Given this, Typhon's reasons (presuming that Mr Wolfe bothered to work them out; I don't recollect anything in the text that would really indicate that he did) might be nothing more than after-the-fact rationalizations ... on Mr Wolfe's part, certainly, and even more so on ours. In fact, I wonder if we're playing the old game of taking the 'reality' and 'consistency' of the fictional world waaay too seriously ... in other words ... acting like a bunch of fanboys (I'd say "and girls," but in fact I don't think any* of the fems on the list have jumped in on this topic). ----- * Or should that be "either"?) ----- > The only important thing about the Whorl is that Typhon had > the power and prestige to send it out -- it is kind of like a > potlatch, in that sense. Yeah. I think it was important to him as an act of defiance of the Hierodules. Urth had just been quarantined; I envision Typhon muttering, "quarantine _this_ assholes..." -- which also helps explain why it was important that he, personally (in some form) be present on the _Whorl_. "You won't quarantine _me_, suckers!" > simple narcissism, I think we can agree Typhon is not > narcissistic, ... no, I don't think we can. The mountain says he is. > (As for Typhon's self-stimulation in audience with Severian, > Greg Feeley first pointed out many years past that this scene > is rather close to a Satanic scene in James Blish's BLACK > EASTER. FWIW.) Ditto several scenes of the character known only as "the demon" in Arthur Byron Cover's AUTUMN ANGELS. This is a pretty common habit among (literary) demons. It probably symbolizes the sterility of their acts, blablablah. --Blattid --