Sword of the Lictor, chapters 5 to 8
[So, I lost my copy of the book. I bought it on Kindle. Then I found my copy of the book. Such is my life.]
Severian goes to the local ruler's party. He meets a woman, Cyriaca. They have intimate relations. He's a bit shifty in conversation with her about Dorcas, but otherwise she doesn't seem to trouble him. And in what is not altogether a surprise, Severian learns Cyriaca is the one he is to dispatch. He chooses not to do his job, to no longer consider himself a torturer, and sneaks away. He returns to the poor home with the sick person, and out of sight of others, sneaks in and uses the Claw to heal.
(*) Severian's tryst is pretty seedy bearing in mind Dorcas' condition, but at least it's not another Jolenta situation. Ah, Severian, you've set a low bar.
(*) But Severian's first action, on deciding he's no longer a torturer, is to heal.
(*) It's interesting that Severian feels he's let the torturers down rather than feeling what he does is defective.
(*) The conversation with Cyriaca is interesting- the rise and fall of AI assistants, and some thoughts about the end of the previous book- but not at particularly illuminating to me.