By Gene Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer is a technological know-how fiction novel by means of Gene Wolfe, first published in 1980. it's the first quantity within the four-volume sequence, The e-book of the hot sunlight. Wolfe accomplished the sequence (in draft shape) sooner than The Shadow of the Torturer was once published.
It relates the tale of Severian, an apprentice within the Seekers for fact and Penitence (the guild of torturers), from his early life via his expulsion from the guild, and next trip out of his domestic urban of Nessus.
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I heard him muttering execrations, then a whispering sound as he swung some weapon. " "Somebody ran into me. " I lay still. " Her voice was like a dove's call, but there was urgency in it. " "They will be soon in any case—Vodalus fired. " In an accent I was too inexperienced to recognize as an exultant's, the man who had spoken first said, "I wish I hadn't brought it. " He was much nearer now, and in a moment I could see him through the fog, very tall, slender, and hatless, standing near the heavier man I had run into.
Who are you, goodman? " "We're the volunteers," one of the others said. " The leader had turned away. " His key squealed in the lock, and the gate creaked back. Before anyone could stop him Eata darted through. Someone cursed, and the leader and two others sprinted after Eata, but he was too fleet for them. We saw his tow-colored hair and patched shirt zigzag among the sunken graves of paupers, then disappear in the thicket of statuary higher up. Drotte tried to pursue him, but two men grabbed his arms.
And so," as Roche explained, "we have all these new clients. And more to come . . dozens, maybe hundreds. " He waved a freckled hand to show that he at least was ready to do whatever might be necessary. " I asked. "The Autarch? Here in the Citadel? " "Of course not. If he ever came, you'd know it, wouldn't you? There'd be parades and inspections and all kinds of goings-on. There's a suite for him there but the door hasn't been opened in a hundred years. " Roche grew defensive. "You can't say where it is because there's nothing there except the House Absolute itself.