[DWJ] Earwig and the Witch

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Fri Jul 8 07:38:48 EDT 2011


On Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:20:29 +0100
Charlie Butler <charles.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hopefully people who ordered have now had time to read *Earwig and
> the Witch *. I haven't reread it since I first got it a month ago,
> but what struck me most was that, in my opinion at least....
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> ...Earwig is not only a witch herself, she's an *evil* witch of
> exactly the manipulative kind that DWJ so often made the villain. She
> sees everyone, from her friend at the orphanage to the witch who
> takes her in, purely in terms of how they can be worked on.  She's
> Aunt Maria in bunches! And yet she's the heroine of the book, and
> there's no serious attempt made to distance us from her.
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> Is that not odd?

When I mentioned this feeling to DWJ, she most triumphantly agreed with
me that Earwig was "not at all a nice person, is she?" and grinned.

I assume it was deliberate, therefore.

Minnow




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