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Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 09:23:16 -0700
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: Re: (urth) STEW

alga wrote:
>Has anyone been obsesssive enough to remember meals?


In Long Sun I remember the fried green tomatoes (Silk salivating over) and
watercress sandwiches (that Hyacinth would never eat, remembering the
drudgery of harvesting watercress).

In New Sun, which I happen to be reading now, there is the feast of Saint
Katharine (big list of showy foodstuffs); the leeks, lentils, and bread
given to Thecla; the seasonal mutton; the fish Severian demands at the inn
on his first night out; the meal ordered at Inn of Lost Loves (roast fowl);
pomegranate, grapes, apple, etc., at Ctesiphon's Cross; Saltus breakfast
(warm bread, fresh butter, pickled duck's eggs, peppered chocalate beaten
to a froth); Vodalarii lunch (thrushes); antechamber meals (coffee and
pastries, twice a day); Casdoe's meal (boiled vegetables without salt or
butter, coarse bread, a little meat); strips of dried meat on the trail;
snow on Mount Typhon; fresh fish, water fowl, wild rice, honey, new bread,
butter, vegetables, salad (Severian orders of the hetman); duck (quartered
and grilled),fish, fried cakes (clams and cattail flour), baked potatoes,
salad of mushrooms and greens (what he gets); cooked fish and root
vegetables among the lake people . . .

I will note, however, that the word "stew" is used in URTH (ch. 30,
"Ceryx") as the common term for a public bath house.



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