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From: Adam Stephanides <adamsteph@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) It's Mostly the Ending
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 17:40:41 

on 4/11/01 8:15 AM, David Lebling at dlebling@ucentric.com wrote:

> Merryn's appearance, which struck me as a case of Asimov's syndrome, had as
> a saving grace the fact that we _didn't_ find out she was Severian's sister,
> which would have been an even worse case of the above.

But we did, I think.  Jahlee says she doesn't know who the boy [Severian]
is, and Merryn says "'He's my brother.  We're brothers and sisters, we
witches and the torturers.'" (267)  There's a bit of ambiguity here, as her
words could be interpreted as meaning only that all torturers are "brothers"
to all witches; but if that's what she means, her answer is rather

> I think he ran out of energy or room or ideas or some combination of the
> three. Up to the point where the inhumi attack the wedding, things seemed
> almost on track, but after that there are few scenes that are excellent
> (Silk and Remora is one, but it's undercut by the fact that we knew "Horn"
> was Silk already -- we don't feel Silk's awakening).

Huh?  The scene with Silk and Remora is the only scene that follows the
wedding attack, except for the three-page Afterword.


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