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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:04:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: RE: (urth) King Jesus/Autarch Severian/Calde Silk - Part One

--- Dan'l Danehy-Oakes  wrote:
> Don:
...> > 8. And last, at the end of King Jesus/Short Sun 
> > Jesus/Silkhorn departs in a ship with Mary the mother/Maytera 
> > Marble, Mary the wife of Jesus/Nettle, and Mary the 
> > Hairdresser/Seawrack who is the servant of the 
> > Goddess/Mother. Note also the Arthurian parallel.
> The Arthurian parallel, yes. The other ... well, since
> the Arthurian thing is so clear, we're once again short
> a smoking gun.

To me, this is Don's "smoking-est gun".  It's extremely bizarre that Silk
"sails" away with Horn's wife and mistress, but according to Don, King
Jesus sails away with his wife and a former prostitute.  (Does Graves'
Jesus have sex with Mary the Hairdresser?)  Considering the parallels Don
notes, the correspondence here is far better than that with Arthur's
half-sister Morgan Le Fay, the Queen of the Wasteland, and the Queen of
Norgales, as in Malory.  (Unless there's a version of the Arthur legend
where the three queens are Igraine, Guenevere, and Morgause?)

Jerry Friedman

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