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Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 13:31:53 -0700
From: maa32 
Subject: (urth) Merry Christmas ... let's remove the silence

I relinquish my hold upon you, precious information.
You will have to forgive me, guys.  Please remember that I am like a kid in a 
candy shop when it comes to Wolfe - enthusiastic and excited about everything 
- especially when it seems as if one of my original ideas (that everybody else 
doubts) is right.  Now I have created a "sublist" of the list - a few 
individuals that I have forbid from posting the "secret", to speak only with 
me.  That is clearly, clearly wrong.  So I am going to bite the bullet and 
publically apologize to Mr. Wolfe; I behaved very badly, but I was excited.  
Let's post about it - let's not hinder the discussion because I couldn't keep 
it to myself.  
My motives WERE good.  I wanted to share the "truth".  However, Mr. Wolfe 
obviously wants to cast doubt on this revelation by calling it a good natured 
joke.  Let's approach it that way, and see if we find any evidence to back up 
either its validity or its worthlessness.

This is my Christmas present to the list - too bad it wasn't mine to give.  
Remember that Wolfe has claimed that it is a joke.  But a very good one, eh?

I do this so that you may appreciate that he truly is the finest subconscious 
craftsmen of the modern era, and to argue with the claim that he doesn't know 
whether Blue and Green are Urth and Lune.  Of course he knows.  I just think 
he didn't want US to know.  But I want us to appreciate how TRULY great he is.
 So, without further beating around the bush, here is the "secret" and here is 
the evidence I found.  How on Urth could I have ever convinced you of this, 
though?  It is too hermetically sealed to even try.  You would never believe 
it without his words.  Maybe most of you will never believe it.

When asked "Does the narrator travel through the white fountain in the short 
sun to the past, allowing Blue to be Urth?", Gene replied

"No, no, NO!  Green is Urth."

Which creates even more problems than my theories, eh?

But here is some evidence:

This occurs before the first trip to the red sun Whorl. Notice that the 
narrator thinks of green and his son, but the song is being played, and a 
witch appears in the fire, seen by Rigolio or Terzo.
(End of Chapter 20, start of 21 in IGJ)
While listening to the song (remember that the song of the mother is "a song 
of time":
"I tried to recall Green's jungles and Sinew. Sleep rushed upon me, sending me 
spinning through an endless night."
The next page: "I want very much to describe the red sun whorl in such a way 
that you can see it. ... Have I made you see Green's jungles? The swamps and 
their dire inhabitants? The immense trees and the lianas clinging to them like 
brides? Or the City of the Inhumi, a grove of disintegrating towers like a 
noble face rotting in the grave?" .... and further on:
"There is a city somewhat like this on Green, but we are not on Green; these 
houses would be the towers of the Neighbor lords there." ... "I've been 
thinking about it, and about the City of the Inhumi on Green. Those were ruins 
left by the Neighbors' ancient race; these were left by ours, I believe -- we 
are as ancient as they, or nearly."

[of course the vanished people are as ancient as us - they ARE us]

It just keeps comparing the city of the inhumi to the necropolis of nessus ... 
and that man with the stiff bird-like gait in a colorless cloak on top of a 
tower on green smacks of Severian on top of the Matachin tower, doesn't it?
And there is the round little window and the fact that green is warmer than 
blue.  Also, the text states that the inhumu can't breed on blue because 
something is missing from the water.

The end of Chapter 21 talks about the narrators motivation in taking them 
there, too - to see how their civilization could be corrupted if they aren't 

How could anyone sit on this quietly?  Only Mr. Wolfe, and I AM for all 
intents a child when it comes to this discussion - basking in glee.  Is it a 
joke?  I suspect Wolfe wants the solution cloaked in mystery - but I believe 
him.  I've already proposed several mechanisms, and Nigel Price has come up 
with an interesting further interpretation of the star system that is 
fascinating and may explain the theme of the doubled limbs.  I release you all 
to post about it.  I'm sorry I kept it to myself at all - I thought I was 
respecting Gene's wishes - but he never told me not to tell anybody.  Please 
forgive me.  No hard feelings!  Merry Christmas.

Marc Aramini


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