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From: "Seth Lombardi" 
Subject: (urth) Wolfe; it hurts!
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 23:35:15 -0500

Two questions that might be sort of remedial:

First, if I'm not mistaken, Severian makes reference to having _thousands_ 
of personalities to draw from after becoming Autarch. Now, seeing as how my 
Lexicon Urthus tells me there are have been far less than a thousand known 
Autarchs, where does this legion come from? Are they somehow the result of 
Thecla's previous meals, and I just missed it?

Second, and I KNOW this has been debated before so just feel free to ignore 
it if it's redundant, what the HECK is going on with Merryn at the end of 
the Book of the Short Sun? Even ignoring the reference to her being other 
than human, why does Severian seemingly deny knowledge of a sister when 
confronted with the fact that he has the name of a twin in BOTNS, but 
acknowledges to SilkHorn that she is his sister at the end of BOSS? Could it 
be that the lil' Severian that SilkHorn meets is actually one of the 
alternate unsuccessful versions? Or perhaps a further refinement?
Seth Lombardi
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