(urth) Eyes of Thecla
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Fri May 5 06:57:24 PDT 2006
Okay, my last thoughts on this. So it looks like the only two characters
with explicitly described violet/purple eyes are Thecla and the paracoita.
Hethor blames his "shipmates" and "not shipmates" (or was it "crewmates"?)
for stealing her. Perhaps "not shipmate" means passenger? There is one
character who was both a passenger on the Quasar ship and is associated with
Thecla, which is the old Autarch, Appian.
In Solar Labyrinth(and perhaps briefly in the Archives) Robert Borsky makes
an elaborate argument that Appian is Thecla's father. Most of the evidence
he uses stems from clues that Appian was involved in her upbringing. There
seems very little to suggest he has a genetic connection to her.
I can imagine Appian on his return to Urth, recently unmanned, forever to be
childless, deciding to steal the living paracoita (Thecla's mother?) from
the disgusting ship's cook, and taking her back with to Urth with him. Young
women seem to be of interest to him, considering his later profession as
pimp madame/daddy for the House Azure and his excessive interest in
discussing Dorcas with Severian. Thecla's memories of her mother suggest
something strange, like cloning was going on.
And what would Hethor then do when the theft was discovered? Perhaps use
the dying pets he fed to help stage a mutiny, become captain, try flying the
ship to Urth to retrieve his paracoita.
Well, just some thoughts
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