Merlin (with spoilers) Grundo, Coercion
JOdel at aol.com
JOdel at aol.com
Tue Jun 3 23:28:07 EDT 2003
In a message dated 6/3/03 4:15:10 PM, owner-dwj-digest at suberic.net writes:
> <Yeah, there is something nastily coercive about
> that, isn't there?
> And I say that as someone who *did* warm to
> Grundo, I found him very
> charming. But what he did was deeply unscrupulous
Actually I did not say that. I noticed my name cropping up with a lot of
misaplied quotes last Digest and I feel like I ought to apologize for the way that
my current version of AOL is scrambling the posts that I *do* make.
Yes, Grundo was completely unscrupulous in latching onto Roddy and keeping
her to himself. But how scrupulous to you expect a 3-year-old to be? It would
have taken some years before he realized that what he was doing was something
people disaproved of and even longer before he realized that he was not
justified in doing it because of his situation. From some of his other behavior
through the book, he truly *likes* Roddy, and I suspect that he has probably not
felt all that good about himself over it for the past couple of years, but not
known how to stop it without losing her.
It was only seeing the Izzys abusing the same power with what appeared to be
far less excuse that he finally had to fish or cut bait. And he did,
gradually. First he shut down the Izzys -- probably because it was so disturbing to
have to watch their antics. It wasn't all that much longer bvefore Mrs Candace
called him to account, and he offered no excuses or tried to defend the
indefensible. Frankly I suspect he was a bit relieved over it.
I also suspect that if there is a third book in the Magid series, and we have
a pattern going, the next will be told from Grundo's PoV.
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