(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

Adam Thornton adam at io.com
Fri Mar 20 19:17:32 PDT 2009

On Mar 20, 2009, at 8:02 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:

> Matthew Groves wrote:
>> I've been puzzling over this passage in Claw, Jonas and Severian are
>> in the Antechamber and Jonas is wigging out.  I don't know the  
>> history
>> Jonas is talking about, and I wonder if it sheds any light on Wolfe's
>> views on monarchy and democracy.
>> "Hereditary rulers and hereditary subordinates, and all sorts of
>> strange officials. Lancers with long, white mustaches." For an  
>> instant
>> the ghost of his old humorous smile appeared. "The White Knight is
>> sliding down the poker. He balances very badly, as the King's  
>> notebook
>> told him."
> The last bit references Lewis Carroll's _Through the Looking Glass_,  
> which could be taken as a criticism of class society.

Or of, you know, strange magic to do with traveling through mirrors.

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