Luke and Astrid

Philip.Belben at Philip.Belben at
Tue Jul 11 13:21:18 EDT 2000

Alexandra, quoting Ven:

>> I find myself making excuses [for Loki], "the earlier myths are more
>> authentic", "Who liked boring
>> Baldur anyway" (forgive the childish note, I really fell for Loki when I
>> was around 8) "he was only speaking his mind, no need for that
>> nasty lip-sewing." etc. Actually  he's the template of the kind of
>> man one ought to know better than to fall for -- the bastard formerly
>> known as the cad.:-)
> How very true--and how oddly Howl-ish (though Howl is generally, in his
> pointedly absent-minded, slithering-outish sort of way, relatively kind
> and humane to all but young females foolish enough to fall for him).
> DWJ writes such appealing "charming bastard" characters.  (Would Navis fit
> in this category, for perhaps different reasons?  And occasionally
> Chrestomanci?)

I would have said far more Prince Justin than Howl.  Not Chrestomanci, I think -
I'd never see him as a cad at all, even if Charles did in Witch Week.

Robert Toller, possibly?  Herrel Listanian?  Barnabas (in DL)?


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