FIRE AND HEMLOCK
JOdel at aol.com
JOdel at aol.com
Fri May 19 13:59:13 EDT 2000
In a message dated 5/19/00 6:13:15 AM, hallieod at indigo.ie writes:
<< just as his musical talent is his, and that was
clearly working against him. >>
An but was it Tom's musical talent he was calling upon, or his musical
SKILLS? Laurel was responsible for his musical training, and consequently had
a claim on the final results. His finished skills were not soley his own.
I think Mary Ann has gotten hold of the right end of ther stick here.
Perhaps what is going on here is that the more there was of Tom to get a grip
on, the less of a chance he had. The deciding mechanisims of the contest/duel
may have been tied to the two contestent's subjective evaluations of their
own reality. Ergo, the stronger "presence" will be the one who pays tiend.
Morton Leroy had not been renewed for 18 years and was gravely diminished.
In addition to depriving Leroy of access to Laruel, Polly's rejection jerked
the ground out from under Tom. This literally undermines all of the strengths
that he had been mustering to defend himself with. Polly could see that just
about everything that Tom could call to himself had been contaminated by
Laurel's handling. Even her own insight on the situation was a byproduct of
her association and involvement with Laurel's realm (although I am still not
convinced that Polly was consiously aware of that yet. She only saw that Tom
was going at things from the wrong direction.) When Polly threw her
repuditation in his face -- and meant it -- the emotional shock blasted Tom
into nothingness. In effect, to the deciding mechanisms of the "contest" he
was no longer there, grabbed Leroy, and took him, before Tom could begin to
(Where Polly went a little wrong was in forgetting that the tiend was now
paid, and Laruel is now finished with Tom and herself. It no longer matters
to Laurel what they chose to do. But they are now in the position of having
to invent themselves, and figure out just who they are when they can no
longer draw upon Laurel's "gifts". For they have both depended heavily on
those gifts, awkward as they were. They have spent most of their lives braced
against a threat that no longer exists and unless they can deal with the
change in their circumstances they will probably end up sabotaging themselves
at every turn. Because the world just doesn't work the way they have been
forced to deal with. And they cannot really know yet just how far the
As to Sebastian's trying to use Polly. Sebastian was close enough to Laurel
to know he was at risk. Since he had seen how Polly's association with Tom
had sent Leroy into such a tizzy, Sebastian decided to appropriate this piece
of protection for himself. Leroy realized that if Sebastian managed to
monopolize her then Tom couldn't get near her and thought that Sebastian was
being very clever. Laurel, on the other hand, was furious.
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