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  • I had been brutal enough with the khaibit Thecla of the House Azure, then as mild and clumsy as any untouched boy with the real Thecla in her cell; fevered at first with Dorcas, quick and clumsy with Jolenta (whom I might have been said to have raped, though I believed then and believe still that she wished it).

    The Urth of the New Sun

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  • “Master Gurloes rolled his eyes and pulled at his jaw with one huge hand. ‘Well now, for decency’s sake they have these khaibits, what they call the shadow women, that are common girls that look like the chatelaines. I don’t know where they get them, but they’re supposed to stand in place of the others. Of course they’re not so tall.’ ”
    —Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun

    May 14, 2010

  • “I had been brutal enough with the khaibit Thecla of the House Azure, then as mild and clumsy as any untouched boy with the real Thecla in her cell; …”
    —Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008