(urth) Quotable Wolfe
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Fri May 19 20:55:17 PDT 2006
I think examples of Wolfian humor are especially effective because they are
so rare and widely spaced and inevitably droll. 5th Head is so damned dark
and foreboding I think there may be no examples. BotNS has a few such as:
>Jolenta: "there's fruit if you want it. The doctor had me save some last
>night so we'd have >something for breakfast"
>Severian: "Yes, I'd like some fruit. That's very kind of you"
>Jolenta: "I won't get it for you, you'll have to fetch it yourself. It's
>there behind that stand of >armor" "I'd like something too. Those grapes I
>Autarch: "A little adultery never hurt any man. Unless of course it was
>Nod: "What news is there?"
>Second Demon: "All you want sieur." "We've searched the garden so often
>that if only we'd been carrying dung instead of spears, the daisies'd be as
>big as umbrellas. Ducks' clothes is down and hopes is up- so's the
>turnips. Tomorrow should be fair, warm and bright.....(new sun)"
The Butcher: "I have seen dead wolves"
She-Wolf: "Yes, and eaten their flesh, though it were too foul for the
flies, I dare say. It may be you shall eat mine, if a falling tree kill
>Dr. Talos: " You remember to be on your good behavior now. They don't like
>to be called >cacogens, you know. Address them as whatever it is they say
>their names are this time, and >don't refer to slime."
>Baldanders: "These things only live a score of years, like dogs"
My favorite is toward the end after four books of continual explaining that
"fuligin is the color which is..."
>Severian: " Soon I must don robes of argent, the color that is more pure
>than white. Never mind"
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