(urth) The Tomb of the Unknown Severian

matthew at calmeilles.co.uk matthew at calmeilles.co.uk
Tue Jan 8 05:20:57 PST 2008

domus_artemis at hotmail.com wrote:
> > > I'm not sure Sev2's Claw ultimately makes a difference, since it is 
> > > ultimately just an old thorn.
> Jeff is right here (at least to me). The Claw means nothing, it's powerless,
> just a symbol. The true power was with Severian already, not the claw.

"Just" a symbol surely misses the point: the power of symbols.

For most of TBotNS Severian _believes_ the claw has power and, if nothing else, that belief precludes any thought that the power might be within him.


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