Fwd: Re: Bed-time musings on character in DWJ (F&H)
ncase at hedbergmaps.com
Wed Nov 15 12:40:09 EST 2000
>>>To me, Reg inherited the amorality of Faerie... not doing the
>>>right thing, but what you feel like. What was Granny's curt
>>>phrase... "I don't do it to be thanked."
>>And I replied:
>>>Ugh. I don't think I can buy Reg's inheriting this. His father
>>>was _taken_ >by Laurel, but there's no culpability in that.
>>It occurred to me that the "ugh" might have seemed very rude! I
>>didn't mean it in response to Nat's comment, but to the idea of
>>Laurel's having the power to infect others - even down to the next
>>Sorry if it looked otherwise.
>No worries. It read exactly as you wanted it to be.
>No, I think one of the aspects of people being taken by Laurel is
>that they do it willingly... look at the ballad "Thoams the Rhymer":
>"'Betide me weal, betide me woe,
>That weird will never daunten me!'
>Syne she has kissed her rosy red lips
>All underneath the Eildon Tree."
>And what Reg inherited was not the specific "taking", but the urge
>to be taken, the desire to get what you want and to hell with other
>people (as it were). Kind of like inheriting a propensity to alcohol
>(or other substabce) addiction. Both Reg and Ivy are very selfish in
>a way Granny is the antithesis of, but where Ivy wants real
>emotional, very human love handed to her as an entitlement, Reg
>wants the style without having to put up with the substance.
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