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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@charter.net>
Subject: (whorl) Re: Silk's death (spiritual vs. physical)
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 13:17:14 

Kevin M. writing:

<<...just as others believe ... that Silk has committed suicide or
accidentally bled to dead from cuts inflicted during the grieving process.>>

<Does anyone believe the latter? Silk's body is healthy, but his spirit/soul
is dying, implies the Neighbor.>

Then Herr Schabe geschriebt:

<As the originator (as far as I know) of the Silk-cut-himself-in- grief
hypothesis, I have to point out that this hypothesis does _not_ involve Silk
bleeding to death, accidentally or otherwise.

<In fact, I profoundly doubt the value or validity of _any_ theory that
involves Silk being (physically) dead at the time Horn "possesses" him. The
whole point of what the Neighbor offers Horn is to take a living soul from a
dying body and put it into a living body with a dying soul. (My wording; I
don't have the text before me.)>

Here's the exact quote from IGJ, p. 127:

"I can send your spirit into someone else, into someone whose own spirit is
dying. If you wish, I will find someone in the whorl in which you were born.
Then there will be one whole man there, instead of two dying men, one here
and another there."

Like so much of Wolfe, a passage couched in ambiguity, and therefore grist
for us exegetes. But to my mind, it can be read either way. That Silk has
depaired and only his "spirit is dying." Or that Silk and Horn are both
mortally wounded and therefore "two dying men."

Robert Borski

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