Conrad's Fate (at last)

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise jenne at
Tue Jun 7 11:19:01 EDT 2005

> I have the feeling that the entire bunch of Stallchester magicians weren't
> terribly sensible or competent people for all they were the Town
> Dignitaries.  If they had been they could have taken action against the
> misuse of magic at Stallery Mansion quite simply by reporting it to the
> relevant authorities years and years earlier. 

Well, yes. But they didn't want to stop it, they wanted to control it 
for their own uses.

> BTW, there's something at the end of the book that seems not quite to fit
> with the rest of Chrestomanci.  Conrad says he is told after six years at
> Chrestomanci Castle that "I must go home to Series Seven now or I would
> start to fade, not being in my own world".  This made me wonder slightly
> about all the other people who end up in worlds not their own in various
> books set in that series of worlds/universes/whatever we decided they were
> really, but apparently it's the manner by which you move or are moved from
> one world to another that makes the difference (only DWJ doesn't exactly
> explain it even in person, and if it's in the boks I can't find it).
> Christopher, for instance, might be able live in any of the worlds where he
> might-have-been, and the various Janets/Gwendolines are ok because they are
> replacing someone who ought to be there really.  Presumably there's some
> special case for Millie too: maybe being shunted by a goddess (or shunting
> when you are a goddess, or using someone else's spare life) makes it ok.
> And then there's Tacroy, who's been in the wrong world for ages, and I'm
> nor sure about him either.  Does anyone have either a passage that explains
> this, or a theory that would fit?

Yes, there's something about leaving a life in exchange. Tacroy's a 
special case as he was transferred from one world to another, I think. 
But if you don't have another life in the world of origin to anchor 
yourself to, you won't be able to stay in a different world. It's in 
Lives of Christopher Chant, I think.

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