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Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 01:23:15 -0700
Subject: Re: (urth) Severian and Horn's perfect memory
From: Lisa Schaffer-Doggett 

On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 06:34 PM, James Wynn wrote:

> 2. What is the connection between Severian and Horn that we are surely
> expected to draw from their shared claims of perfect memory?
> I am still winding my way through tBotSS, but I have a sneaking 
> suspicion
> regarding the answer to the second question; however I have no clue 
> about
> the answer to the first.
> Can anyone take these on?
> --- Crush
Don rushes in,

I'm fool enough to recklessly speculate on this question, but only on 
the understanding that I've still only read Long and Short Suns once 
each and your post is the first time I've thought of such a connection. 
  Assuming that Silk is an embryonic clone of Typhon (which I 
wholeheartedly believe) and Hyacinth is an embryonic clone of the 
original Kypris (who I also believe is Katharine) then it stands to 
reason that Typhon might have put his whole nasty family on the Whorl, 
especially since he went through the trouble to put them all in 
Mainframe as gods and gave them the ability to possess people.  I have 
been thinking seriously that Musk might very well be Hierax, thus his 
and Silk's mutual hatred of one another.  It is possible that Horn 
might be another Severian especially if you believe as I do that Sev is 
Typhon's genetic son.  I think it's a stretch though.  The only thing 
that gives it thematic appeal is that it would mean that Horn is Silk's 
son and that in a bizarre way Severian is the author of all the Sun 
books.  That's almost too much even for me.  Almost.


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