Fwd: Re: Bed-time musings on character in DWJ (F&H)

Nat Case ncase at hedbergmaps.com
Wed Nov 15 12:40:09 EST 2000


>>Nat wrote:
>>
>>>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 
>>generation.
>>
>>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.
>
>Nat

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