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Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2003 20:32:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brandon Mason 
Subject: Re: (urth) stealing apu punchau

--- Michael Andre-Driussi 
> Because I have a hard time envisioning the Claw as
> either a dumb object or
> as a mere "focus" for Severian's current/latent
> power, I tend to think
> (insist) that the Claw is the (hologramic,
> fragmentary; blood magic)
> presence of the "first Severian" that Severian is
> referring to in the
> passage: that is, the first Severian who, I believe
> we are told, did =not=
> possess the Claw.
> In this manner, by granting/denying miraculous
> powers at various junctures
> (revive this dead, fail to revive that one; cast a
> light now; etc.), the
> first Severian becomes, in part, author of the
> Severian we see.  Or
> semi-puppetmaster.

Very interesting.

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