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Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 22:15:35 -0700
From: maa32 
Subject: (urth) Who is the Long Sun?

Hey guys.  So parallelism has finally led the question "Who are the long and 
short suns, if Severian is the New sun?" to appear on the list.  And strangely 
enough, we have an answer in the text of Calde of the Long Sun.

Auk is the Long Sun.

During the tunnel scene (I read it last week - it's just shy of halfway 
through the book, but I don't have the book with me now) where Auk is down 
there posessed and having hallucinations and he's looking for Dace, he starts 
thinking to himself and comes to the conclusion that, of course, he is the 
long sun.  I remember scratching my head at that one.  Does that mean that the 
god that possesses Auk controls the cooling and heating of the Sun, or does it 
mean that Auk himself is in some way a manifestation of the Long Sun, since he 
"doesn't have a father or mother" but mysteriously has a brother who is more 
than happy to show up after his death.

Any thoughts on that?

Marc Aramini


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