danldo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 13:42:37 PST 2009
No; the Cumaean is _not_ named for a witch out of the New Testament. Rather,
she is named for the priestess-prophetess of Apollo at Cumae.
As such, she might well be a "being of power." I had concluded (assumed?)
that she was of the same order of being as Father Inire.
On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 1:26 PM, David Stockhoff <dstockhoff at verizon.net> wrote:
> My assumption---or rationalization---has always been that the Cumaean was an
> alien of a different sort than the Inhumi. Or else just a being of
> power---she is named after a witch out of the New Testament, after all. The
> faces and lack of wings or any serious attempt to disguise herself lead me
> to that.
> Beyond that, I dunno. It's possible Wolfe hadn't worked out the details yet.
> Who would the thing feed on?
> I also have always assumed that the great toothy butterfly-creature Severian
> sees flying through the pages of Father Inire's mirror book was an Inhumu.
> Is there any consensus on that? Was it Tzadkiel?
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