Lois Mc Masters Bujold

Ven ven at vvcrane.junglelink.co.uk
Sat Sep 9 23:44:00 EDT 2000

> You can see how Ivan has become the person he has really - his mother is
> such a strong personality and he has been her main mission in life. His
> determination not to be pinned down is all too understandable.

It must have started with his mother, certainly (as someone, Aral?, 
says he can't have been that machiavellian as a five year old to 
have developed his strategy). I think its become Ivan's personal 
solution to the Problem of Being A Barrayan Male and A Vor To 
Boot. It lets him be a military officer and make himself useful in 
Barrayan society, without being at risk of being  consumed by it, 
like Aral., or Gregor or Miles. Sometimes I wonder if he hasn't been 
paying close attention to Cordelia all along, tho' it could be an 
unconcious influence all along.

You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom.
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