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dstockhoff at verizon.net
Sat Sep 25 05:29:42 PDT 2010
My impression is that the mandragora was simply making a comparison.
In doing so, he shows that he has better access to Severian's memories
than he does himself.
On 9/25/2010 2:40 AM, Lee Berman wrote:
> Dave also asks:
>> Why did the Mandragora ask about a memory of Severian being in a basket as a child?
>> My theory is that the Mandragora is a spare clone brother of Severian himself. Two
>> clone embyros could have been transported downriver in a basket to the Citadel (possibly
>> by the Cyriaca of the previous iteration) and sent back in time to be implanted in Catherine.
> Another fantastical theory to explain this could be based on Dorcas having a basket ("not small
> yet not large either") with her as she mourns the boatman. Perhaps Severian impregnated her with
> himself, and some time travel trick ensued.
> Also regarding the screaming baby memory, Severian says he remembers being "encircled by brown walls".
> I think the Matachin Tower cells have walls of gray. Typhon's room is circular but has shiny metal
> I really don't have anything close to a good answer for this one. Maybe someone else does.
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