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Subject: (urth) A Wooden Leg Named Smith
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 13:29:26 -0700
From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

Roy quoting me:

> >>Perhaps the Claw (or Severian) cannot heal artificial persons,
> but only natural persons ...,<<
> ... What I was addressing,=20
> however, was the contention that the Claw worked by reaching=20
> back in time to a point before the pending problem. If the=20
> Claw's power was a function of time, why should the presence=20
> of prosthetics present a problem? Would it not work for a man=20
> with a wooden leg who was wounded woefully by a weapon?

Per se I do not think it would represent a problem (though I
suspect that if it was the wooden leg that was woefully wounded
the Claw would either fail or make it take root).=20

But in the cases of Jonas and Jolenta we don't have "the presence=20
of prosthetics" -- Jonas actually came into existence as, and=20
Jolenta has become, in a different way, an _entirely_ artificial=20
person, and I suspect that the Claw fails/refuses to work with=20



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