(urth) Silk/Horn in the Matachin Tower

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Feb 6 06:27:05 PST 2013

I'm not sure why a reference to the Whorl would be needed. Although that 
would certainly nail it down, Wolfe characters often don't mention 
important things when speaking to one another, because they have no 
motivation to do so. So the absence of a remark doesn't tell us much.

On 2/6/2013 9:15 AM, Antonin Scriabin wrote:
> The scene where Severian brings Silk/Horn writing implements seems to 
> be a one-on-one conversation. Silk/Horn presumably gets Severian 
> started writing his own memoir after giving him some writing tips.
> Also, I don't necessarily think that Typhon would have mentioned the 
> /Whorl/. Is it too much to ask for Silk/Horn traveling both in space 
> and time when visiting Urth?
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Gerry Quinn <gerry at bindweed.com 
> <mailto:gerry at bindweed.com>> wrote:
>     *From:* Antonin Scriabin <mailto:kierkegaurdian at gmail.com>
>     > Is there indication in /The Book of the New Sun /that any of the
>     clients at the
>     > time of Severian's childhood might in fact be Silk/Horn? If
>     Wolfe had the
>     > vision and plan for the "Solar Cycle" in this depth back while
>     writing /TBONS/,
>     > that would be most impressive.
>     Gurloes used to ‘talk to’ (or taunt, who knows) the mad clients in
>     the lowest floor. But I don’t recall any mention of Severian ever
>     encountering several clients held together, and Silk/Horn was
>     always with a group.
>     I don’t believe any such thesis is feasible. Typhon would have had
>     to make a reference – albeit perhaps oblique - to launching the
>     Whorl. Anything else would be, in Wolfe’s terms, “lame” – just as
>     he said it would have been lame not to have Silk/Horn visit Severian.
>     - Gerry Quinn
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