From: Ranjit Bhatnagar <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: (whorl) Betel & Quetzal Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 01:05:35 [Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun] Why is the extremely minor (?) character Maytera Betel always carefully described as dark and sleepy-eyed? It's bothering me. Sounds dangerously like a deliberate clue, like Tussah's coarse skin. I can't think of any other sleepy-eyed characters, but Poppy of the yellow house is dark, and named, like Betel, for a narcotic plant. Could Betel have reenacted Rose's shame more recently, and do we care? By the way, there seem to be two different, unrelated plants called betel, both of which are narcotic. Also, I don't remember anyone commenting on the passage in III, p17, in which Quetzal removes a powder puff from a drawer across the room, without leaving his chair. So does he have a chair with wheels, or telekinesis, that's what I want to know. I just watched Disney's _Jungle Book,_ and now Quetzal makes me think of a cross between Disney's serpent Kaa and the Simpsons' Montgomery Burns (as playing a vampire in the Halloween special). r.