(urth) The Salamander Again (Long)
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Tue May 30 00:45:14 PDT 2006
Again Macronaut, I appreciate this post.
Robert Borski did propose that Mother Pyrexia was a slug. And that Beuzec
was the Salamander. I think he uses the Pyrexia name to suggest the slug is
afraid of fire and I think mournings glory picks up on that in his almost
certainty that the Slug died in the fire in the Village testing room.
Tying "Pyrexia" to a slug didn't make much sense to me either when there is
a salamander around. To me the weakness of that theory is that the
Salamander is practically invulnerable in Thrax, facing Severian with a
sword and all the archon's horses and men firing energy weapons. The
alcalde of Saltus and his men are only armed with stuff like torches, staves
and piletes (okay I don't know what that is and internet isn't helping. Def.
of pilete anyone?). But maybe Salamander Pyrexia was too weak to scorch the
Saltusians after being sealed in a house for a while.
Reminds me, I forgot to make this point to mournings glory in "shapeshifting
Hethor". You find great importance in the disapperance of the slug after
the village scene. But all of Hethor's creatures make one appearance and
then disappear, except one. Both Severian and I demand that be explained.
Why is the slug such a Hethor favorite it had to be used two or three times?
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