(urth) Father Inire-Dorcas
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Fri May 26 05:07:18 PDT 2006
Roy, are you suggesting that every day, Dorcas' husband and Hildegrin put
their boats on their backs and carried them up the Adamanian (what was that
name?) stairs and past the Curator and through the Botanic Gardens and over
to the Lake of Birds? Or floated them in from Gyoll right through the
averns? Surely the boats stayed in the lake all the time.
You make the good point that the drowning occurred before the "uncle" had
his nixie experience. And I certainly respect your and Mantis' intuition
that the tar stained boatman is Mr. Dorcas. Dorcas has a "newly built boat"
which also connects to a tar-stained boatman.
One thing which might make the identity point moot, is that they might all
be Father Inire. We are offered no physical description or name for
Maxellindis' uncle which is suspicious for a character with that many lines.
Severian snidely notes that the guy only "calls himself the girl's uncle"
(I hope that quote is right). Not the strongest of clues but I think it
sounds like our Lewis Carrollian Inire again. Do you think our lamial
Dorcas would be happy about Maxellindis? Small wonder she was happy to run
off with Eata.
I still think the text strongly suggests that Dorcas' husband lives in their
old shop though it is left vague (I think I know why, see below). If he is
really Inire then your concern for the distance to travel becomes misplaced.
Within the House Absolute, Father Inire seems to have created a Secret House
which is continuous or has instantaneous travel to Ultan' Library and
Rudesind's art gallery and (Severian suspects) other places in the Citadel.
There are hints these include the Witches Tower and The Atrium of Time and
probably others (more on those hints in future posts).
I think it is a small leap of faith to think there are also connections to
other key places in Nessus, like the Botanic Gardens. A connection to the
House Azure would surely be a nice explanation for the mystery of where
kaibits are from and how they (and Appian) get back and forth from the House
Absolute (the name similarity also suggests the connection).
If my (hardly ironclad) case for Dorcas' husband being Father Inire is
accurate then surely he would add one of his connections from their shop to
his other special places. Dorcas' husband seems so old and frail, it is
difficult to imagine him walking every day from even a close-by house. And
how else would he end up (dead? sleeping?) in their shop down the river?
(and Don Dogget is correct about my scenario, Appian, being human, looks the
same in all his roles. Father Inire can shapeshift, but naturally [since he
is a story character] there is ALWAYS some clue to reveal him)
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