A Very Deep Secret

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri May 11 06:08:14 EDT 2001


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>+> >Another question I have is that I never quite figured why Rupert had
>+> >such a low opinion of Nick. He is quite convinced that if Maree
>+> >doesn't ask for her restoration herself Nick won't do it. As a reader I
>+> >wasn't surprised that Nick did do the decent thing   -- he was very
>+> >fond of Maree and as he said there were other ways to get what he
>+> >wanted.   
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>+> It's not just Rupert either - I checked just now, and it's both
>+> Rupert and Will. Even Zinka when she finds the slave spell in Nick's
>+> room describes him as a "selfish kid".  I agree that this is
>+> puzzling. 
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>+It has the feel of something "intended" but I just can't figure out
>+why. Stan is the only magid unaffected by the "don't trust him"
>+field, but then he's dead. i don't think it can be Janine's doing
>+because it would be a poor trait for an emperor -- making the
>+traditional dagger in the back even more likely.
>++As Jodel says Nick is fundamentlaly decent and selfishness is not
>+neccessarily a bad thing. Nick basically practuises what a friend of
>+mine calls enlightened self interest -- he wouldn't do anything really
>+bad because he knows it would make him feel bad.
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>Good point. My thought is, maybe Nick is doing it himself- possibly not
>consciously. He is somewhat selfish (like festooning spaghetti everywhere
>and letting Maree be blamed) but as someone said earlier, this could be
>partly a method of self-preservation around his mother. Maybe he puts out a
>field of "I'm selfish, don't bother to ask me for help" in order that he not
>be bothered- but if somebody does ask, he will help. A small selfishness
>masquerading as a larger one, perhaps.
>Like some morality story where the frighteningly gruff ogre turns out to be
>hiding a kind heart, or a vulnerability.

OH!  Or like Howl and the heartless wizard stories?  Or possibly the 
"I'm a coward so I'm not going to do anything brave" stories?

Hallie.

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