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From: "Alex David Groce" <adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Nightside again, chapter one
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 11:58:40 

Jonathan Laidlow wrote:
> Stephen Witkoswksi inspired to begin rereading Long Sun again, and 
> I'd be grateful for your input folks:
> Nightside chapter 1 - two things I noticed:
> 1. the word 'clockwork' is used three times in the first three pages. 
> Patera Silk is 'that absurd clockwork figure' in the parenthesis in 
> the second paragraph, and he watches the game 'outside a clockwork 
> show whose works had stopped'. This is where Silk has his first 
> theophany (love that word!). The Outsider gives him an out of body 
> experience and reveals how he is merely a mechanical creation 
> (figuratively) who does what he has been programmed to do?
> Then again on p11 at the end of the vision: 'a wind that blew ever 
> stronger and wilder as clockwork that had never really stopped began 
> to turn again'. This then suggests that all is artificial, created - 
> the wind is unnatural, but guided by the clockwork maker.
> I'm wondering how to reconcile this with Silk's assertion later in 
> the chapter that the Outside will not help save the Manteion, Silk is 
> the help that is being provided.
> 2. And another thing,back to  the first paragraph: 'he said that it 
> was as though someone who had always been behind him and standing 
> (as it were) at both his shoulders had, after so many years of 
> pregnant silence, begun to whisper into both his ears'
> This echoes TS Eliot's Waste Land: 'Who is that who walks behind you' 
> (Eliot's note refers to polar explorers, but that's a red herring). 
> Both refer to some passage in the Bible, presumably after the 
> Resurrection where Jesus is seen by various people, but where? And 
> why?
	Road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-31.  I think it's in there same reason Eliot
used it--an explicit reference to Emmaus, probably here to indicate (in part)
the "resurrection" of the true church, through Silk, in the Whorl..
"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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