argross at bigpond.net.au
Thu Feb 7 06:31:02 EST 2002
> > Paul wrote:
> > > I'm not sure that's true in Mordion's case, though. Perhaps he did
> > > have an inherent strength, but as I recall it the key factor was
> > > the support of his friends, counteracting Reigner One's attempts
> > > to keep his servants alone and afraid.
> > Hmm. Yes, I agree the support of his friends was important. But both
> > he himself and his friends seemed to somehow avoid being completely
> > brainwashed, to retain a sense of their own integrity deep down. At
> > least, that's how I remember it--maybe my memory is wrong.
> Mordion certainly managed to retain a sense of himself deep down, but
> I got the impression that he couldn't have done it without the support
> of his Voices (when I said "the support of his friends", I meant the
> Voices as much as I did the other trainee Servants).
> We don't know whether any of the other trainee Servants managed to
> keep a deep-down sense of self, since none of them got a chance to
> say. But I don't think any of them got that far, because they all
> flunked training at a point where they still had an up-front sense
> of self.
Yep. You're right.
> > > I don't think Orban's cruel, just arrogant and a bit stupid. The
> > > stupidity could be inherent, or not; but the arrogance is
> > > definitely a product of his upbringing as the next Chief of The
> > > Best Mound On The Moor. The other significant factor in what he
> > > did was his prejudices about Dorigs, which again is an upbringing
> > > thing.
> > Thanks for the name--of course, Orban! I seem to remember Orban's
> > arrogance leading directly to his quite callously killing the Dorig
> > in the beginning.
> I'm not sure if "callous" is the right word - though it's better than
> "cruel"; Orban doesn't do it deliberately to be nasty.
> Rereading the scene, the real problem is that Orban can't stand to be
> wrong. He realises pretty quickly that he's making a fool of himself,
> but rather than admit it he has to forge on until he reaches a point
> where he can convince himself that he did do the right thing.
> Having demanded that the Dorig hand over his collar, he can't give up
> until he has the collar, otherwise he'd be admitting that he was wrong
> to make the demand. And the only way he can get the collar is over
> it's owner's dead body.
> His prejudices are important as well, come to think of it. It's his
> belief that Dorigs aren't real people, and therefore can't own collars
> like real people, that gets him into the fix in the first place; and
> without that belief he would have been less willing to kill the Dorig,
> even to save his pride.
> And of course his arrogance is part of it too, since it all began with
> him trying to make his sister exclaim over how superior he was.
> Um. What were we talking about again? :)
Thanks for the insights. I think I'll have to re-read both _Hexwood_ and
_Power of Three_....
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