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From: matthew.malthouse@guardian.co.uk
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 11:34:51 +0000
Subject: Re: (urth) horn + horn, sev + sev

On 18/11/2002 10:16:31 Joshua A. Solomon wrote:

>> From: maa32 
>> Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 14:51:50 -0700
>> when Severian is
>> struck by the Avern leaf, you think that his own power somehow
resurrects him

Ummm...  When on first reads SotT I don't think the reader can at that
point have enough clues to endow either Severian or the Claw with such

Sev himself thinks that perhaps Agia lied about the lethal nature of the
leaves and we do have enough knowledge of Agia at that point to find that
explanation credible.

Later when Severian is lead to believe in the power of the Claw or later
still when it becomes apparent that the power is that of the white
fountain which will bring the new sun it's reasonable to reasses the

>> - then looking back you think it's the claw, then looking back again
you think
>> it really is a part of Severian's power bestowed upon him by his
>> with the New Sun because the Claw is just like any other thorn, then
>> back again you realize maybe the hierodules are messing with time and
>> thorn has Severian's DNA on it, etc. etc.
>Marc, I cannot buy into most of your theories, but this synopsis is dead
>target. Except the bit about Sev's DNA. What am I forgetting?


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