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Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 20:20:04 -0500
From: James Jordan 
Subject: Re: (urth) reckless speculation on Typhon and Quetzal

At 07:28 PM 9/4/2003, you wrote:

>On Thursday, September 4, 2003, at 03:12 PM, James Wynn wrote:
>>The importance of archetypes in understanding what is going on in the Long
>>and Short Suns can hardly be overemphasized. And I agree that the serpent
>>Ladon the is to be found on the Whorl.  The thing is that Quetzal is not the
>>only serpent on Whorl (he's not even the only inhumi). There are lots and
>>lots of them.
>Yes, but Quetzal is the only inhumu who is a Sun archetype, Dionysus.
>This singles him out as being somehow related to Typhon and Silk (and 
>Severian) imo.

IIRC, Wolfe has said that Typhon had no knowledge of the inhumi, so any 
kind of literal or clone/paternity relationship between him and Quetzal 
seems to be out. Symbolically you may be on to something, but it has 
appeared to me that Quetzal is a serpent in Typhon's garden, and the 
allusions are Biblical in some kind of way. Like the ur-serpent, Quetzal 
has entered the garden and has his own plans for its people, plans quite 
different from Pas's.



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