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From: "Hubert Rogers" 
Subject: Re: (urth) The Book of Typhon Part One - Severian's ancestry
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 08:53:10 -0000

This is a really interesting alternative to the Dorcas theory which seems
far to simple and without any substantial implications to me. I especially
like the "Tale of a boy called Frog" parallels, which I don't think can be
mere coincidence.

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>     Whatever the answer, the one thing I am absolutely positive of is that
> Dorcas is in no way an immediate member of Severian's family.  Which
> another question.  Does he know his ancestry? (I think yes.  Valeria most
> likely told him.)  If he does, why is he hiding it?

Perhaps he's hiding it because he realised that he had killed his own
father. That might make him ashamed enough not to mention it directly but
instead provide us with the clues to work it out.


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