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Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 18:32:53 -0700
Subject: Re: (urth) Malrubius' ghost
From: Lisa Schaffer-Doggett 

On Monday, July 21, 2003, at 10:18 PM, Roy C. Lackey wrote:

> Don, replying to Dan'l's sound post wrote:
>> I see no reason to doubt your conclusion since Silk/Malrubius appears
>> to Sev before the aquastor.  Besides, if Silk can travel through time
>> as well as space (and in an expanding universe wouldn't time travel
>> necessarily involve motion?) it is possible that he is Malrubius in
>> actuality.  Even if this isn't the case, I see no real contradiction.
> As Dan'l also wrote in that post:
>> Nah. Much more likely that Wolfe hadn't invented Silk yet then.
> I agree. Malrubius could not be Silk in actuality. Malrubius may have 
> been
> some sort of mentor to Sev, but that's not saying much; Hitler also 
> liked
> dogs. Malrubius was a Master in a guild that hurt and maimed and killed
> people for a living. Silk was much nearer the opposite end of the moral
> spectrum. He could never have done those things to people; it's just 
> not his
> nature. Hell, he thought he had sinned when he "killed" a talus, a 
> stupid
> _machine_ that was trying to kill him.

To be honest, I don't particularly like the idea of Silk even 
resembling Malrubius.  That suggestion was more one of those from my 
brain to the keyboard kind of things.  My only real point was that I 
don't think Wolfe intended the aquastor Malrubius to be Silk, 
retrofitted or not, and that Silk's appearance as Malrubius in RttW is 
not at odds with this since it predates the appearance of the aquastor. 
  It doesn't matter really whether the aquastor is the memory of 
Silk/Malrubius or the actual Malrubius.



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