(urth) golden Severa etc.
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Wed May 17 05:05:58 PDT 2006
Thanks (once again) to Roy for the correction. As a new guy, I really do
appreciate them. Robert Borski didn't miss the catamite as I thought. Sorry
I don't have Solar Labyrinth here to check but the explanation for the
catamite you cite from him is hard to swallow:
>I'd therefore like to speculate that the giant child Severian finds
>in Baldanders' bedchamber is _his_.
Its been a few months since Baldanders and Severian parted. How was there
time for a Severian fathered baby to gestate and be born? Who was the mother
(Dorcas or Jolenta or Juturna or ?)? How did Baldanders get control of this
baby? Isn't obtaining a few cells from Dorcas a more plausible scenario?
Regarding the question of pedophile psychology posed by David DiGiacoma, I
apologize. I spent several years of my life working as a counselor for sex
offenders in a correctional facility. This experience surely makes me
forget that some acknowleged principles of this field are not common
knowledge. As a brief thumbnail summary I'll note that predatory, violent
sex offenders tend to prefer any helpless victim they can control and hurt
while non-violent sex offenders tend to prefer the innocence of children and
gentle, non-violent means of persuasion.
My experience was in the midwest USA. A quick Google search provided this
passage from a pedophile study in England which agrees with my previous
experience in this field. (it is an interesting article-
>In this study, subjects were asked to describe the characteristics they
>found attractive in children. >They cited personality traits slightly more
>often than physical traits. Personality traits included >openness,
>curiosity, spontaneity, enthusiasm, lack of inhibition, innocence, honesty,
>and affection. >Physical traits included good looks, smooth skin,
>attractive eyes, slim stature, and lack of pubic hair.
Wouldn't Dorcas fit most of those traits? Dr. Talos calls her Innocence and
says he prefers her over Jolenta. Hm..
The inspiration for Jolenta has been postulated to be Marilyn Monroe. I
would like to propose another semi-serious possiblity (and please excuse my
irreverence) that being Gilligan's Island. Is this a tv show known outside
the USA? The time frame is right for a Wolfe inspiration.....
On this island we have two castaway women: 1. Tall, busty, jeweled, painted,
vain, selfish, manipulative, stupid, red headed actress Ginger. 2. Smaller,
sweet, innocent and ultimately more desireable Mary Ann (okay, dark haired
but otherwise..). I really do think the Ginger-Jolenta similarity is
So Sev is Gilligan, the Skipper is Baldanders and...sorry, sorry, nevermind
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