Outsiders' response to magic; was RE: Bedtime musings on
characte r in DWJ (F & H)
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Dec 1 06:19:11 EST 2000
Jennifer replied to Ven (a while ago, now):
>>The relationship between the villagers and Laurel is interesting. Its
>>obviously gone on for a long time. Its comparable to the townsfolk
>>in Carpe Jugulum, they have allowed themselves to become
>>domesticated in return for a touch of glamour. I suppose what they
>>get out of it is the art of the doomed talented boys like Thomas and
>I've never thought about this before. How much do the villagers really know
>and how much does Laurel keep them befuddled? How much of what they do know
>do they let themselves think about? What could they do to get rid of Laurel?
>Polly's Granny is strong and she couldn't do anything- if not enough people
>have been directly affected, would everyone believe in the teind and try to
>In old fairy-tales there can be a sort of fatalism- the Old Ones will do
>what they like and we just have to endure it- is that still operating? I
>can't see music being that much of a compensation for having someone taken
>every 7 years- is Laurel a patron unsaint to the village? (Could it be that
>some of the victims are "foreigners" and they don't really care about them
This last seems most likely to me - although "don't really know about
them much" might be as accurate, and more charitable. I was trying
to think about this, and the strongest likelihood I could come up
with, was that Tom _wasn't_ from the village. If he had been, Granny
would have had some sort of memory of the family, surely. I suppose
Laurel could have laid it on the whole village to forget them, but
there isn't any evidence that I can recall to suggest she would be
capable of this. Think of the way she has to get people to look at
her in order to ensnare them.
And Leslie, as potential victim, wasn't from the village either.
Which got me to wondering exactly where and what Mr. Piper had been
between the time he was a child (doesn't Tom say they were in care?)
and the time Polly and Tom make up the hardware store. One of those
little wrinkles that probably wouldn't interest anyone in his or her
But Laurel et al spend so little time at Hunsdon House, don't they?
Not that surprising really, that the villagers wouldn't know much at
all about what goes on there. I don't think there'd be anything that
noticable about a funeral every nine years unless, like Granny, you'd
had someone taken.
PS. I will probably prove my lack of sanity, by adding that this
thread made me think of the Darcy family in P&P, and the remark about
the impressions of the family held by "the inhabitants of a small
market-town where the family did not visit".
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