The Book of the New Sun Vol 3 - The Sword of the Lictor
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#3 great image!
I guess you too missed the fact that he DID sleep with Tecla! He casually discloses this in #3, something about "the many occasions when he entered her"...
I finished this and started on #4 a few days ago, only a couple chapters.
Let's see: the false Thecla, the real Thecla, Dorcas, Jolenta, Cyriaca, Pia... three more and we can have the muses, or the norns.
Oh, and for those who claim Big Severian does not agonise over his job as torturer - in the scene in Baldanders laboratory, he sees an eviscerated woman and expressly notes that it is a sight which would not have bothered him in the past. And yes, I don't understand either why women appear to be victims more often than men in the books.
Perhaps because Severian takes more notice of tortured women then tortured men? He seems more sympathetic to women victims than male victims.
The enforced fasting clearly echoes Christ's forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Which would make Typhon the Devil. Even the three temptations match:
* the Devil offers Jesus the world - Typhon offers Severian the world (to be ruled in Typhon's name, while Typhon rules other worlds)
* the Devil offers to make bread out of stones - Typhon asks for the Claw in return for food
* relying on angels to break his fall when Jesus jumps from a pinnacle - Typhon hangs Severian from the eye but does not let him go
OTOH, I don't recall Christ losing a companion through violent means before he wandered in the wilderness. But then I've never actually read the Bible...
I think the issue is that somewhere along the line Little Severian has to be done away with. I'm not sure that it could be at the hands of the bear-like creatures (or men with claws like a bear) - bear-like creatures (and bear-like men) appear all through tBotNS and are defeated by Severian at every stage.
Before we think about why to kill little Severian, I wonder why he's there at all. Is he giving Big Sev the opportunity to experience a taste of fatherhood? Is this a step on the way to being fit to rule? Big Sev has rescued him from the alzabo, whose byproducts enable Severian to assimilate other personalities; is that significant? The whole business with little Severian's family is odd: the mentions of the artist Fechin seem to link it back to Rudesind the curator, but I have no idea what such a connection might signify.
I think Andy is right that little Severian must be disposed of somehow. Having his death awaken Typhon moves the story along; I don't see any other special significance to it.
Certainly, the book had it's moments, but I think that a lot of it could have been cut out - I am not interested in what mountains look like, nor am I interested in Severian's ponderings about religion, which I find either non-sensical or far too simplistic to be worth consideration.