However, there is one vision that I cannot understand the significance of. During his initial enlightenment, Silk is shown "a dead woman in an alley off Silver Street, and the people of the quarter," and a moment later "the dead woman seemed to stir, rags fluttering in the hot wind born halfway 'round the whorl" (Nightside 7-8). He mentions this vision of a dead woman some time later when describing his enlightenment to Doctor Crane: "There was a dead woman who had been left in an alley, and Patera Pike, and it was all connected, as if they were pieces of something larger" (Lake 490).
I've been trying to figure out the significance of this "dead woman in an alley" for some time—a few days ago I posted a message on the Urth.net mailing list, but no reply just yet. Anyone have any idea what this could mean? It's driving me nuts!
Page numbers refer to omnibus editions of Nightside of the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun collected in Litany of the Long Sun (New York: Orb-Tom Doherty Associates, 2000); and Caldé of the Long Sun and Exodus from the Long Sun collected in Epiphany of the Long Sun (New York: Orb-Tom Doherty Associates, 2000).