(urth) Eyes of Thecla
mourningsglory at hotmail.com
Tue May 2 10:52:22 PDT 2006
> > I don't know of any other characters who are
> > described as having very large
> > violet or purple eyes
>I don't have my books with me, but Noctua, who is the
>naviscaput's daughter, has violet eyes, as does
>Valeria. There are more that I can't recall, but I
>think you are right that they're related in some way.
>Ah, yes, Katharine, Severian's mother, also has violet
Either you're misremembering, have a variant text, or I'm looking in all the
Noctua is "luminous of eye" "and the light that is in them is not of Urth"
-- "she, whose eyes held starlight."
Katharine, meanwhile, is "dark of complexion, dark of eye" -- like her son,
who has brown eyes. (Genetically, there is no way a violet-eyed mother and a
blue-eyed Ouen could have a child with brown eyes.)
As for Valeria, "She had dark, curling hair, like Thecla's, but her eyes
were dark too. Thecla's were violet." Here Severian deliberately contrasts
the two women's eye color. (Perhaps, in Valeria's paraphrase of "I am all
the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too," you are
confusing her with Twelfth Night's Viola -- whose name indeed suggests
Two others, however, come a little closer to violet, if not all the way
Apheta's eyes are "large and luminous and of the deep, deep blue of her sea,
unfaded by age." While the little girl Sev encounters in the antechamber of
the House Absolute has "sparkling midnight eyes."
So it seems b sharp's original assertion is still correct.
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