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From: "Alex David Groce" <adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Oh That Hy!
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 12:06:21 

Rostrum said:
> > My goodness, that seems a bit much. My own opinion simply is that Hy is No
> > Better Than She Should Be and also Big Trouble, and that we haven't heard
> > the last of her--she's much too devious and useful a character to abandon
> > (alga crosses her cilia and hopes).
> I don't know.  Even I who reject a lot of the allegorical interpretations
> that get passed around on this list thought that the "flawed bride of
> Christ" stuff was as blatant as Silk having a lame foot, his "death" and
> resurrection. 
> Of course, I think the Bride of Christ is also Big Trouble and maybe even
> No Better Than She Should Be.

Which seems to be a fair description of the church at various times, so it
works very well on both the self-sacrificing God-like love and the "silly nice
priest falls for treacherous but hot lady..."  As to the second Enlightenment
after the honeymoon, it seems to imply that the Outsider approves of Silk
wedding Hy (by the way, who else thinks that ONLY Wolfe would have a massive
four-volume series and put a double wedding involving the four major characters
offstage!).  Thus giving the allegory a big boost.
	I'm still betting on Hy as head of the Trivigaunti spies, as well.
Although how important (if it's true) that will be in Short Sun (assuming she
shows up) I don't know.
	Another thing, that just struck me today--I suspect this is pure
coincidence, but doesn't Hyacinth actually work fairly well as being named
after the Hyacinth girl in "The Waste Land?"  Thus tying to Vivian Eliot,
another marriage that was lots of trouble (at least Silk can be sure Hy won't
be sleeping with Bertrand Russell, unless things get very odd...)
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." - John 8:32
Alex David Groce (adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu)
Senior (Computer Science/Multidisciplinary Studies in Technology & Fiction)
'98-99 NCSU AITP Student Chapter President
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