[DWJ] Earwig and the Witch

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Sat Jul 9 01:57:49 EDT 2011


Protagonists are not necessarily "nice people" but they usually have 
some admirable traits. Being so much oneself is admirable, right? Maybe 
Diana saw Earwig in herself. 

Sally Odgers

On Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:02:46 +1000, Andrea Höst wrote:
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> On 8 July 2011 21:20, 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
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> I think Earwig's story is one of "the right people". Earwig is, ah,
> very much herself. And she is taken home by two people who, on the
> whole, she _fits with_. 
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> I can but imagine that everyone at the orphanage was most pleased
> Earwig had found somewhere she suited. 
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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?
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