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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@charter.net>
Subject: (whorl) Mutter matters
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 11:28:52 

Some more questions for those of you arguing that the Mother and Greater
Scylla of Urth are from the same, galaxy-conquering, bad-ass family of
aliens who all speak the same lingua monstre:

1) Are we agreed that the Mother can change shape? Seawrack tells Horn that
"She used to look like a woman for me and hold me in her arms, and I used to
think the woman was the real her and make her bring the woman back. She
looked like a woman for you too. Remember?" Horn also believes the Mother
can change shape, and at one point even compares her with the inhumi: "The
inhumi can change their faces, for instance, much more than we can by
smiling or sucking in her cheeks. But I believe that a better companion
might be with the Mother, who--" At which point he's interrupted by Seawrack
and never finishes--another of Wolfe's many aposiopeses.

2) By logical extension of the above-stated premise, does this mean that
Greater Scylla can also change her shape?

3) How has Cilinia of Urth died? As she tells Horn, "I died young. It can't
have been long after I was scanned for the Whorl." Unlike the process that
creates Mr. Million, however, we know the scanning process doesn't kill, and
apparently someone cared enough about her to bury her in the family
mausoleum--it almost had to have been Pas and Echidna, otherwise how would
Cilinia--aboard the Whorl as a computer program--even know she had died? But
what has killed the eldest daughter of Pas?

4) Are we to make anything of the similarity in names "Cilinia" and
"Scylla"? Or is this just more happy coincidence?

Robert Borski

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