(urth) Urth Digest, Vol 73, Issue 34

Andrew Mason andrew.mason53 at googlemail.com
Sun Sep 19 15:38:30 PDT 2010

Jeff Wilson wrote:

> On 9/19/2010 12:54 PM, Andrew Mason wrote:
>> At the end of BOTNS, when Severian enters the Autarch's apartment, he
>> finds a laboratory containing, among other things, 'the fabled emerald
>> bench'.  Does anyone have any idea what this might be?
> Probably a reference to the Emerald Tablet aka the Emerald Table, upon
> which is graven the undoubtable truths of alchemy including the formula
> for gold, the Philosopher's Stone, the care and feeding of homunculi and
> mandragoras, etc.
>        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Tablet

Interesting - and it's about the power of the sun.

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