From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) stew Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 01:35:17 -0500 Marc wrote: >>Also, it is important that Silk from Book of the Short Sun never eats and gets sick in winter.<< Tisk, tisk. You're letting your pet theories ride roughshod over what the text actually says--or, sometimes, doesn't say--again. _Of course_ Silk eats in SS. To wit: "'I had resolved to eat very little tonight, and look at this.' While we had been talking, I had practically cleaned my plate." (IGJ, 71) That quote is from the first story-telling dinner at Inclito's; it was the first example to come to mind. True, Silk isn't a big eater in SS, but neither was he in LS. The point is, he _does_ eat in SS. As for the Silk/Rose fried-tomato scene, the context of the above quote may shed some light. Silk had just declaimed against "strong emotions of any kind", among them "greed", which he specifically links with food. When he selfishly declined to share his tomatoes with Rose, he felt a great deal of guilt over it afterward, even though food is a necessary condition of life. His experience with the inhumi, to that point, had taught him that their quest for food--for blood--went beyond what was strictly necessary to maintain life: they wanted _human_ blood, to become like men. The irony is that, to become like men, to acquire the blood, they must kill (unless they take extraordinary care) what they most love. Their animal nature overrides their borrowed humanity. Remember those clogged sewers on Green. Should an inhumi have the misfortune to acquire a "conscience" (if such a thing is possible), its position becomes untenable. Silk has a conscience, therefore can take no joy in eating, an activity he must condemn in the inhumi. -Roy --