(urth) a lurker asks a question
jwilson at io.com
Wed Oct 1 00:30:37 PDT 2008
Steve McCann wrote:
> A quick run through the chapter _The Master of the Curators_ in SotT and
> I'm not seeing this citation, even though I thought I had remembered it
> as well. Was the book in Baldanders castle? But I did run across this
> "I opened the book at random and read, '... by which means a picture
> might be graven with such skill that the whole of it, should it be
> destroyed, might be recreated from a small part, and that small part
> might be any part.'
> I suppose it was the word /graven/ that suggested to me the events I had
> witnessed on the night I had received my chrisos." pg. 46 S&C
> I'm not finding "chrisos" in the OED or via google, but the context
> reminds me strongly of the eucharist. Before this scene Ultan spoke of
> his time waiting for his master to die, so he could take his place as
> Librarian. All of this foreshadows Sevs becoming the Autarch, so my
> guess is that the function of the chapter is put this possibility in play.
The chrisos is the coin Vodalus gave him.
There is a bit of Autarch succession nearby, in that a circular room of
books has been kept for three centuries pending the return of Autarch
Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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