[DWJ] sentimental drivel (was:rediscovery of a book (now with F&H
blake at gaudaprime.co.uk
Tue Jan 23 07:44:07 EST 2007
Drivel! Of course! Thank you.
> FWIW, I don't think Laurel is sentimental. But I agree she uses
> sentiment to manipulate people, largely by appearing sentimental.
Thanks for that, too - that clarified something for me. I associate Laurel
very strongly with a particular evil member of my family, and I was trying
to write something about that in my last post but I couldn't formulate it
properly. You're absolutely right, I think - if Laurel *were* sentimental,
she would herself be susceptible to Sentimental Drivel and therefore a much
less formidable opponent. Whereas she's a very clear thinker, not at all to
be muddled or confused by Drivel - you can't actually *be* sentimental if
you're going to use Drivel to manipulate other people, because it would
muddy your own machinations.
(Though in real life a lot of people [like my own evil relative] *are* both
manipulative and woolly-minded/confused. Maybe that's why Laurel's such a
glorious baddie: that degree of pure, clear-headed manipulation isn't seen
that often, I don't think. Or not by me.)
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