(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Thu Sep 30 13:23:37 PDT 2010

And some of them are the color that is more red than red.

--- On Thu, 9/30/10, Gerry Quinn <gerryq at indigo.ie> wrote:

From: Gerry Quinn <gerryq at indigo.ie>
Subject: Re: (urth) note Re: Short Sun blog
To: "The Urth Mailing List" <urth at lists.urth.net>
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 3:08 PM



  ----- Original Message ----- 
   On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:15 PM, 
  Jeff Wilson <jwilson at io.com> wrote:

  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

I always felt bad for his boots at this point.  They've been 
  good boots and didn't deserve such treatment.  Heck, they're 
  relics.  It seems like one could walk on holy ground with holy 

I have always thought that Severian went back and fished his 
  boots out.  He never mentions being barefoot later on that I can 
He's the Autarch.  He has more boots 
now than Imelda Marcos.
- Gerry Quinn

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