starting Abhorsen discussion

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 22 16:30:58 EDT 2003


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> > > The Nick/Lirael thing just ticked me off. Why was it necessary?
> > > Why did Nix go to all that trouble to show all those women of
> > > the Clayr who were above needing romantic relationships, and
> > > then have Lirael (who was supposed to revere them) go all goopy
> > > over pathetic Nick?
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> > Oh, brother.  I said I saw this one coming way too early, and
> > because it was in _Lirael_ I really expected it to be the result
> > of the two meeting and getting to know each other in the normal
> > way.  (Or even, heaven forbid, her nursing him back to
> > health--shudder.)  Did Nix really have to resort to pairing them
> > off like that?  That was the only disappointing bit of the ending.
> > I could have understood if she didn't follow the Clayr women's
> > pattern of being very self-sufficient, given that she felt like
> > such an outsider (you know how that usually works, where the
> > outsider either breaks all the traditions or becomes the ultimate
> > example of the society she's not a part of) but she barely even
> > knew Nick.  I wanted to believe in it, but it felt like too much
> > closure.
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>I've read _Lirael_ and _Abhorsen_ quite recently, and I still have no
>idea what the two of you are on about...

I have to respond to this the way I respond to my lit students who ask 
"what is this about" ... What do you think we might possibly be on about?

Robyn 
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