Christopher Chant - Brat? (Was: Re: Hexwood again)

Caleb W SCWoody423 at
Thu Feb 7 16:14:44 EST 2002

Personally, I didn't find it hard to warm to him. IIRC, the first time I
read the book it wasn't something I noticed much until he did (I hope this
doesn't reflect on my character!) A changed perception of oneself seems to
come up a few times in DWJ's books - for example, (possible slight spoiler)
Mig seeing herself in "Black Maria". One very interesting book I read was
told in the form of two accounts of events, one by a police officer and one
by a writer, which overlapped and sometimes contradicted each other. It was
very interesting in showing how the characters perceived each other.

Caleb W.
----- Original Message -----
From: <liril at>
To: <dwj at>
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: Hexwood again

> On the subject of inherent "good" or "bad" character, a very interesting
> btw, Ros.
> It made me think of Christopher Chant, who has to overcome character
traits his
> upbringing / childhood experiences left. Like when he finds out he *is*
> e.g. in thinking everybody has to like him, because this used to be the
> when he was small (and cute ;-).
> Someone on the list wrote he/she couldn't warm to him because he seemed
like a
> brat almost the entire book.
> And some of the "weaknesses" remain, he is still vague (I wondered if this
> means he's bored in later books) and can be quite ironic with people who
do not
> understand it. But somehow this becomes a part of him that makes him even
> fascinating, doesn't it.
> Hmm. I don't really know if I'm making a point here, but somehow LoCC came
to my
> mind when I read the mail.
> Back to work induced lurking,
> Bettina
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