[DWJ] Bristol Reader's Day part III -- NB slight spoilers for
hallieod at indigo.ie
Thu Jun 29 13:17:26 EDT 2006
> > Yes, you're right - I checked after you and Kyla mentioned the
>> cousins and holidays. Though it's still very much in the
>> behind-the-scenes info category, isn't it?
>Definitely. I noticed them when reading LoCC, but it was more like
>noticing another "connection" between LoCC and Charmed Life.
>Personally, I never thought of Francis and Caroline as useless
>parents - maybe they *should* have accepted Chrestomanci's offer but
>I saw that as a problem (or perhaps mistake) in their relationship
>to him and not to their children. But maybe it is, in a way, because
>of their responsibility towards them.
As I said, it was only a very brief skim of CL today, but I'm not
sure *why* they should necessarily have accepted an offer to prevent
their children having magic.
>Now I wonder about the other part of Gwendolyn's "sandwich" -
>between her parents and her marvellous brother. I always saw Cat as
>the "neglected" child, or maybe rather as someone who didn't (want
>to) draw much attention to himself, even from his parents and was
>quite happy being second to his brilliant witch sister. And I
>thought that Gwendolyn was clearly bossing him around since he was
>very small... Hmm. Cat eludes me. Looking forward to the Pinhoe Egg.
>> Christopher himself was
>> seen as pretty snotty, and yet hasn't grown up to be a useless
>> parent. And a quick skim through _Charmed Life_ just now could
>> arguably give more evidence of Christopher-as-Chrestomanci's being
>> useless than Cat's and Gwendolyn's parents. Not that I'm wanting to
>> argue against their uselessness as parents, mind.
>The diet? :-)
:) Definitely! I meant (though no way to have seen this from what I
wrote) that Christopher could be seen as having failed in his job as
Chrestomanci. Allowing his anger with Francis to let him ignore a
warning of a serious nature (that Gwendolyn was using Cat's very
strong magic somehow) is pretty irresponsible, looking at it from the
>Does he feel like a "classical" father-figure at all?
No, now that you mention it, I don't think he does! Well, except in
a very Victorian and uninvolved-seeming way.
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