Sally Lockhart (was Re: Pullman and the Nature of God (longish)

Kyla Tornheim kyla at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Sat Mar 16 20:50:16 EST 2002


On Sat, 16 Mar 2002, Elizabeth Parks wrote:

> Which brings me to the Sally Lockheart trilogy (haven't gotten around to
> reading all of the Tin Princess) and the fact that I sincerely disliked
> the last book.  I wanted a _story_ and instead I felt like I was getting a
> moral and a lesson on socialism.  HDM worked much better for me because
> there was a mythic element to it as well as the same sort of moral lesson.
Oh, ARGH. Those books pissed me off. Or, rather, I adored _The Ruby in the
Smoke_ and was horrified when the next two books proceeded towards
dreadfulness.

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My main problem was really that Sally was such a Victorian girl until it
was convenient for her not to be. It was very nice that she and Frederick
were in love, but there is *no* way she would have slept with him before
they were married, and I was appalled that she slept with him and then he
*died* and it was all just so that she could be an unwed mother for the
third book. Because she *wouldn't* have, and I *liked* Frederick, and I
was sad when he died, because they didn't get a chance to be happy, and
the last book was annoying anyway.

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