(urth) Mandragora and Sev
ryan at liftingfaces.com
Sun Sep 26 21:58:17 PDT 2010
> ..."And who are you?"
> "A being without parents, whose life is passed immersed in blood."
> "Why, such have I been! We should be friends then, you and I, as two of similar background usually are."
> "You jest."
> "Not at all. I feel a real sympathy for you, and I think we are more alike than you believe."
> ..."I wish that I might credit you, Autarch."
> The Mandragora seems quite skeptical of Sev's claim of kinship, and Sev may in fact be lying about his feelings in order to draw the creature into conversation. But sometimes things Sev says in ignorance or as lies turn out to be ironically true in the end. Maybe they really are both beings without parents, brother clones.
See, I took this more on its face value, like when Harry Potter reads the sign next to the Burmese Python exhibit that says "Bred in captivity," and Harry says, "That's me as well."
Why don't we just call the Mandragora Father Inire and be done with it? Doesn't Severian remark that Inire turns out to be one of his only real friends in his life at some point?
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