From: "Oren Douek"
Subject: Re: (urth) Greetings! Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 00:43:22 +0200 "Michael Andre-Driussi" wrote: > Welcome, Oren. > > You wrote: > >Anyhow, I've just started reading my first Gene Wolfe novel, Shadow of the > >Torturer. And I have a question about something on the first page actually > > > > > >Who were the characters who said the following two phrases: > > > > "And try to get through the barbican without a safe-conduct? They'd send > >to > > Master Gurloes." > > "But why would the guard leave?" > > > >I guess that when I get used to Wolfe's style I wouldn't have to ask such > >trivial questions! But until then... > > The characters at this point are: Roche (Drotte's lieutenant), Drotte (the > captain of the apprentices), Eata (the littlest one), and Severian. > > The sequence goes like this: > > 1. Roche talks to Drotte. > 2. Eata suggests going around instead of through. > > Because of this, it seems natural to me that Drotte is the one speaking the > line "And try to get . . . ?" > > Since there is no identifier for the response, I assume that it is the > other speaker previously named: Roche. So it is > > 1. Roche talks to Drotte. > 2. Eata suggests. > 3. Drotte scoffs. > 4. Roche questions. > > It is a conversation between the captain and his lieutenant, with the > interruption of communication from an underling -- a communication > summarized rather than given verbatim (perhaps it was mainly contained in > the gesture). > > I hope this is of some help! Yes, it helps a lot; a very logical and detailed explanation. Thanks! I'm finishing now the new Michael Moorcock book concerning Elric et al., The Skrayling Tree (recommended!), and will plunge back into Wolfe very soon! > > =mantis= > Cheerio, Oren --