College of Magics
irina at valdyas.org
Wed Aug 20 18:04:08 EDT 2003
On Wednesday 20 August 2003 22:21, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> I have a plea for help. Because my books are in storage, I don't have
> access to my copy of College of Magics, and I need a quote. I am
> looking for the passage in which Faris has a revelation when her
> deportment teacher says something like, she needs to know the rules
> so that she can flout them. I want what the teacher says, and Faris'
> response, and possibly the sentence that introduces the exchange. Can
> someone who has the book please help me out? I would be ever so
Okay, can do. I think the real substance starts earlier; take what you
Faris moved her head aside. Very distinctly, she said, "Deportment is
a sterile discipline. Habit built on superstition."
"Criticize it if you please. You are still no good at it."
"There's nothing to be good at. It's just an arbitrary set of
standards. Why should I waste time learning to point my toes in a way
that went out of fashion three hundred years ago? Why shouldn't I set
my own fashions?"
"You must form your own fashions in a way which demonstrates that you
flout the standards from knowledge, not from ignorance," replied Dame
Brachet. "When you leave Greenlaw College, you may or may not be able
to practice magic. That is a matter of talent and skill. But you will
certainly be a witch of Greenlaw, and that station in the world carries
expectations with it. You will be expected to speak with those of high
degree and to speak fair to high and low. Your manner will be as vital
as your matter, and in some sad cases, your matter will not amount to
much. So you had better learn a manner to make up for your other
From the first words, Faris followed this speech with eyes narrowed.
"But I may flout the standards?"
"Of course," Dame Brachet said, with some asperity. "What do you
think standards are for? Now drop your elbows and tuck your chin. Very
good, Faris. Now point your toe."
From that day, Faris's hands shook no more.
Irina (or rather, Caroline)
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