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From: "Chris" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Severian, memory, alzabo
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 19:46:40 +0000

I do not know where to find it exactly, but I believe I got this impression 
from a passage that indicates that the voices/memories of the autarchs from 
the most distant past are more faint. There could be other explanations, I 
suppose, but I read it as an indication that a certain amount was lost on 
each passing generation.

With Severian (in theory) there would be no loss.

But in any event yes, this is probably to be inferred from the fact that 
Sev's experience with Thecla was distinctly different, with a certain amount 
of rationalization thrown in. It seems natural, and I can't think of any 
reason to think otherwise.


>At 04:17 AM 7/10/2003, you wrote:
>>I can't recall any clue that suggests Sev's experience with autarchical
>>inheritance was different from his predecessors - and he has his
>>predecessors memories for guidance and comparison.
>I assume you refer to the possibility that the previous autarchs are 
>brought back to life in Sev. I don't know of an explicit clue either, but 
>Wolfe has said that he "only says things one time" in these books. The fact 
>that Thecla comes to life inside Sev seems to me to be the only clue we 
>         Of course, since eating the Autarch is not by alzabo juice, there 
>may be a difference. Yet, both of these things link to the Christian 
>Eucharist, which is not merely symbolic (for Wolfe anyway), but has to do 
>with "Christ living in you."
>         Hence, if they did not come back to life inside Sev, I'd want to 
>know why not.

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