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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@coredcs.com>
Subject: (whorl) Re: Digest Whorl v010.n019 (BLUE)
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 02:09:27 

Alex Groce having written: 

> (1)  The three stars struck me early on as having some significance, and
I was
> pleased to see "Horn" explain them as Blue, Green and the Long Sun Whorl
> of course, the three books of Horn's narrative, and (since this is Wolfe)
> perhaps the three SUN uber-novels and even the Trinity...)

This system of narrative break--the triangle of asterisks--is first used in
THE FIFTH HEAD OF CERBERUS. Wolfe has denied that Blue and Green are Sainte
Croix and Sainte Anne, of course, but I also think it's interesting to note
that the Neighbors are hard to count when they number more than two--the
same as the Shadow Children of Ste. Anne.
> (3)  I think I have a guess at the secret of the inhumi, but there's
> some startling aspect I haven't considered--it seems obvious that they
only are
> intelligent because they drink the blood of intelligent creatures.  I
> that more than this, they in some sense take their "person"ality from the
> person whose blood they drink--and that Krait was the inhumi whose first
> feeding was on Sinew, and thus he really is Horn's son, in a perverse
> in the end transfigured into something wonderful) sense.  If this is so,
> wonder if Quetzal might have fed on Silk (or maybe Silk's father)?

Interesting concept. But I think it's much more likely that Quetzal may
have "dined" on Patera Pike than anyone else; such might explain, if your
speculations are correct, the inhumu's semi-Eucharistic proselytization. (I
also believe there's evidence in LONG SUN to support this for anyone
willing to so argue.)

That being said, however, how might Horn's knowing this particular secret
undo the soon-to-come plague of vampires? It's implied that if he shares
his knowledge, the citizens of Blue will be able to thwart the inhumi. But
what will they do--forcefeed the new arrivals stupid people or maybe
animals, ensuring their lower level of intelligence?

> (7)  Also, now that I've (almost completely) dismissed my Urth is Blue
> I'm wondering how Severian's going to make his supposed appearance.

I'm already leaning toward the theory he may be the mysterious
Quadrifons--at least until we know something further about him. 

Dan Rabin having written:

> It has just occurred to me that the narrative structure of _Blue_ has
> something in common with the _Odyssey_, in which the famous adventures,
> told in retrospect, are followed by a laborious homecoming.  There are
> the wife left at home and the son who sails in search of the missing
> father, monsters, and a siren to consider!  [I had to go flip through the
> _Odyssey_ to see if I recalled its structure correctly.]

Don't forget blind Maytera Marble, who functions the same as Tiresias,
predicting Horn's future, as well as Circean Mucor, since surely Babbie is
much more than an ordinary boat-rowing hus. 

Robert Borski

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