(urth) Severians Later Appearance (Spoilers)

brunians at brunians.org brunians at brunians.org
Tue Jan 12 11:20:13 PST 2010

Unreliable, certainly, but dishonest? I don't think he is particularly
dishonest. When does he actually lie?


> Severian's a generally dishonest and unreliable narrator, but he does
> tell SilkHorn that he won't ever tell of their meeting. As Sev
> probably doesn't completely understand how much SilkHorn influenced
> him, he feels no need to break the "promise" he made in his casual
> statement. In New Sun, Sev acknowledges that he has broken many
> promises, but that doesn't mean that he likes breaking them. I could
> see him taking some satisfaction in not writing about SilkHorn.
> And surely Severian encounters all kinds of fascinating things that he
> doesn't tell us about. His life as autarch was doubtless fascinating,
> but we don''t hear too many details about things he did as ruler, his
> courtship of his wife, etc. Other things Severian just doesn't feel
> like writing about, i.e. most of the executions and excruciations he's
> paid to perform.
> But yes, one does wish Sev had mentioned SilkHorn. Or that Wolfe had
> translated a manuscript with curious gaps and missing pages.
> -Matt
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