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From: William Ansley <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Re: Digest whorl.v011.n002
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 00:09:59 

At 6:24 PM +0100 7/30/00, Ian Smith wrote:
>No-one seems to have queried yet the reason for the sudeen change in Horn
>between the first two volumes. At the end of OBW we leave Horn still
>wallowing to some extent in self-loathing, still questioning whether he
>should be writing his book.  At the start of IGJ this has disapppeared, and
>throughout he confines himself to minor self-depreceatory remarks (very much
>in the manner of Silk...).  As the time lapse between the end of writing the
>end of OBW and the start of OGJ is purportedly very short (I think there are
>hints that it is only around 2 days?) what as caused this transformation?
>Could it have something to do with the mysterious encounter in the woods
>before Horn meets brother and sister?
>"I found him in he forest, sitting in the dark under the trees.  I could not
>see him, it was too dark to see anything.  But I knelt beside him, and lay
>my head upon his knee, and he comforted me."(OBW p.378)
>At first I thought this was another neighbor encounter, but in IGJ Horn says
>he hasn't encountered them since they moved him to a new body.  It could
>also be a particularly obtuse dream sequence, I suppose.  Any ideas?

Actually, Adam Stephanides noted the change:

At 10:29 AM -0700 7/23/00, Adam Stephanides wrote:
>The Horn of OBW resembles the non-apotheosized Severian: someone who
>feels strongly, suffers greatly, and is very human, to the point of
>being unsympathetic.  The Horn of IGJ is much more like Silk in more
>than a physical sense; he's clearly a good man, and a dispenser of
>wisdom and good counsel, while humbly insisting all the time that he is
>no such thing.  I have to admit that as a protagonist I prefer the first
>model to the second.

And, in response, I made a speculation much like yours:

At 11:40 PM -0400 7/23/00, William Ansley wrote:
>I agree that the Horn that narrates OBW seems to be significantly 
>different from the Horn that narrates IGJ. This makes me wonder what 
>happened to cause the change. It seems to me that it may have 
>something to do with the very odd section towards the very end of 
>OBW where Horn's identity seems to become confused with Babbie's and 
>Horn meets the little boy and girl who are named Brother and Sister. 
>I readily admit that I didn't understand the section of OBW at all 
>and that I am disappointed that it wasn't explicated at all in IGJ.

I think the section of the book that you quote from is probably 
important, perhaps only because it is so incomprehensible. I hope 
that we will receive a little more help in teasing out what is really 
going on here in RttW, but I don't expect much help if any will 
actually be forthcoming.

Then before I got around to posting this message, alga replied to the 
the same message:

At 10:46 PM -0400 7/31/00, Alice Turner wrote:
>No, I think it is, as has been discussed quite recently, Horn's transfer
>to Silk's body, with Silk's powerful gene-spliced leadership DNA having
>an effect on those he encounters. I'm not quite sure from your post that
>you have finished IGJ--this will become clearer.


I think you are missing the point here. The writer of both OBW and 
IGJ is the same version of Horn, the one that has come back from _The 
Whorl_ looking a lot like Silk, however he got that way. But his 
narrative voice differs considerably, at least to me and Adam and 
Ian, from the first book to the second. So whatever happened to cause 
that change (if the change is real) had to happen between (or close 
to) the end of OBW and the beginning of IGJ.

William Ansley

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