(urth) Pike's ghost
dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Nov 30 13:35:43 PST 2011
On 11/30/2011 4:10 PM, Gerry Quinn wrote:
> > Thank you Lee for pointing out that the memories Severian inherited
> > from the previous Autarchs make no mention of the Mandragora.
> Or of any of the many other things he found in his quarters. They
> were, however, the quarters of earlier Autarchs, even though they had
> not been used for centuries.
> - Gerry Quinn
How do we know this? Is the answer somewhere here:
Yet it was impossible that I should occupy a suite other than that
anciently set aside for
the autarchs; and impossible too that I should have it refurnished to a
degree that would
imply criticism of my predecessors. And if the furniture had more to
recommend it to the
mind than to the body, what a delight it was to discover the treasures
predecessors had left behind: There were papers relating to matters now
and not always identifiable; mechanical devices ingenious and enigmatic;
that stirred to life at the warmth of my hands, and whose minute
inhabitants seemed to
grow larger and more human as I watched them; a laboratory containing
"emerald bench" and many other things, the most interesting of which was
Or not? Is the "most interesting" mandragora really on the same level of
significance as the "unidentifiable papers"? Is Severian supposed to
have instant recall of things his predecessors have themselves forgotten?
But for diplomacy's sake let me edit Lee's comment a bit:
It appears from the questions Severian puts to the mandragora that he
doesn't know who or what it is. From this we may conclude that "the
memories Severian inherited from the previous Autarchs make no mention
of the Mandragora."
Is that better?
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