(urth) Pike's ghost
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Wed Nov 30 17:12:04 PST 2011
On 11/30/2011 4:51 PM, Larry Miller wrote:
> On 11/30/11, Gerry Quinn<gerry at bindweed.com> wrote:
>> He talks about his predecessors, and uses the magic Autarch words to get in.
>David Stockhoff: Not quite. It's here:
>"Yet it was impossible that I should occupy a suite other than that
>anciently set aside for the autarchs...."
>Thus the suite is "that anciently set aside for the autarchs.">
Yes. If we read carefully, the text more precisely supports larry: that Severian
has the memories of all the old autarchs evidenced by his knowledge of ancient
autarch words. That Severian finds nothing familiar in the suites set aide for
the autarchs suggests that no previous autarch ever used the suite.
Thus, larry's conclusion that the contents of the suite, including the mandragora,
may date back to Typhon's era, is supported. You could argue that Severian just
happens to remember the words for the suite but just happens to forget the contents.
But the only purpose of such a toothless assertion would be a desperate attempt to
win a losing battle.
We have Brian's definition of "mandragora" referring to shamans and sorcerers. larry
do you have any views on Father Inire and what he was doing during Typhon's reign?
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