(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Thu Sep 30 04:59:46 PDT 2010

  But of course. If the Principle is in everything, then it is in all 
machines, aquastors, monsters, starships, timeships, hierodules, Yesod, 
and so on, without affecting whether those things operate according to 
supernatural or simple physical/biological/mechanical laws. They remain 
what they are.

I should note that I meant SEVERIAN'S universe---not ours.

On 9/29/2010 10:15 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> On 9/29/2010 6:40 AM, David Stockhoff wrote:
>> It seems to me that the whole idea of TBotNS is that there is a lot
>> going on in the universe that seems supernatural but isn't. So this is
>> an important point.
> Severian disagrees; *everything* in his story is supernatural to some 
> degree: "if the Eternal Principle had rested in that curved 
> thorn...then it might rest in anything, and in fact probably did rest 
> in everything, in every thorn on every bush, in every drop of water in 
> the sea. The thorn was a sacred Claw because all thorns were sacred 
> Claws; the sand in my boots was sacred sand because it came from a 
> beach of sacred sand. The cenobites treasured up the relics of the 
> sannyasins because the sannyasins had approached the Pancreator. But 
> everything had approached and even touched the Pancreator, because 
> everything had dropped from his hand. Everything was a relic. All the 
> world was a relic. I drew off my boots, that had traveled with me so 
> far, and threw them into the waves that I might not walk shod on holy 
> ground." CITADEL XXXI

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