Conrad's Fate (with spoilers)

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Sat May 14 14:32:30 EDT 2005


Robyn:

>>>I suggest it's time to start a discussion of Conrad's fate.
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>>>SPOILER SPACE
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>>>Many of DWJ's familiar themes appear in CF. One of the most obvious
>>>is mistreatment of children by parents and other family members..
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>>On which note: is there anyone else who didn't believe for a moment
>>that Uncle Thingy was telling the truth about Conrad's karma?
>>Maybe it's just that I've read a lot of DWJ before (avuncular figure
>>who doesn't really have one's best interests at heart being a
>>recurring theme, particularly in the Chrestomanci series), or maybe
>>it's just that one should never trust anyone who feels the need to
>>*tell* you when they're being honest, but I was on to him from the
>>word go.
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>I thought the whole Uncle thing was obvious and unbelievable. So 
>unworthy of dwj, who is normally quite subtle and interesting when 
>creating deception and exploitiation. I suppose part of the reason 
>it is so obvious is that Conrad is an idiot.
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I also felt the point was hammered home with irritating 
relentlessness.  But was Conrad really more of an idiot than 
Christopher was at the equivalent stage or was Uncle Ralph just one 
of the more subtly presented exploiters?  I'd think the latter myself.

Hallie

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