Merlin (with spoilers was RE: Ready for Merlin?
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri May 23 07:52:37 EDT 2003
>I'm not sure if selfish is the word for Nick. I think he is quite
>thick-skinned, and isn't as sensitive to the feelings of others as he might
>be because he assumes that most people are as thick-skinned as he is and
>can't (won't?) make the empathetic effort to see that they aren't. One of
>the things I like about MC is the way this characteristic is, so far from
>being a bolt-on feature, a vital part of the plot, particularly vis a vis
>his laughing at Japheth, whose reaction even at the end of the book is a
>mystery to him ('What of it? You trod on an egg. It was funny.')
I agree about lack of empathy for the feelings of others, but also
feel that selfish is the word for him, at least in _Deep Secret_.
And that was one of the (very few) things I found disappointing about
Merlin. By the end of DS Nick seemed to me a more fully developed
character than he was in Merlin. And he'd also moved so far in the
direction of out-growing his selfishness that I was rather surprised
to find it coming up as if he was only 'now' starting to work on it.
But he also seemed - maybe not exactly younger, but certainly no
older than at the end of DS. Maybe the same age in fact, but written
for a younger audience?
>And there is a kind of reassuring consistency in all this, as Sally says.
Yes, I agree with you both here. And even more than Howl's
'slithering-out', I think Nick's selfishness served a vital survival
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