(urth) Severians Later Appearance (Spoilers)
davetallman at msn.com
Wed Jan 13 23:08:31 PST 2010
David Stockhoff wrote:
> I didn't know Silk/Horn was Malrubius. Pray continue ...
The name Malrubius occurs two times in TRTTW. The first time, Severian
is talking to Silk/Horn during the jump from the trial; he refers to
Master Malrubius as another person in the past tense, "Master Malrubius
used to make a scribe come and help him twice a week" (p. 263). Since
this was unpaid extorted service, we can assume that was the real man
The second time, a big heavy man (probably Master Gurloes), is about to
beat Severian and gets interrupted by Oreb calling "Watch out! Watch
out!". When Gurloes questions why the bird is there, Severian says, "It
belongs to Master Malrubius, Master." Then Silk comes up and puts his
hand on the big man's shoulder, scaring him away -- reacting as if he
had seen a ghost.
The astral appearance of Silk/Horn is different in the two cases. In the
latter, he looks like Silk alone (the Horn soul-part seems to have died
after the encounter with the real Scylla). The Silk-alone projection
looks enough like Master Malrubius that Severian mistakes him for the
ghost of Malrubius, I believe.
The intense goodness of this Silk projection influenced Severian, I
think. It may be why there is an encounter in BOTNS where the aquastor
Malrubius asks him about loyalty to God.
Why the similarity of appearance between Silk and Malrubius? Well, Silk
is a from a genetically enhanced embryo, probably a clone of someone in
Typhon's time. So might the real Master Malrubius have been.
Can we conclude from the presence of the enlightened/good Silk helping
Severian that God is on the side of bringing the New Sun, despite the
destruction it caused? It would seem so. (The person who thought it was
a second Noah's flood has completely misread the nature of the
catastrophes brought by the New Sun -- land sinking in some areas,
rising in others as a result of tidal forces, along with some ocean
level rising due to icecaps melting).
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