[DWJ] Earwig and the Witch

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Sat Jul 9 05:32:46 EDT 2011


Fascinating, isn't it?  That quote of yours...  "whether
> being oneself is admirable partly depends on the self in 
> question" put me in mind of something I've wondered about. We accept 
> the right to develop a talent, right? But what if ones best or only 
> talent is for larceny, lies or destruction? Must people born with 
> these talents simply give up their "right to develop..."?  

Sally Odgers

On Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:19:09 +0100, Charlie Butler wrote:
On 9 July 2011 06:57, Sally Odgers <sally at sallyodgers.com> wrote:
> >Being so much oneself is admirable, right?
>
> Up to a point! Self-knowledge is certainly important in DWJ, but whether
> being oneself is admirable partly depends on the self in question. While I
> may grudgingly admire this quality in Aunt Maria, Laurel, Biddy Iremonger,
> et al, I'd be surprised to see DWJ using any of them as protagonists. 
>
> Of course, you can have an evil protagonist - Milton's Satan is the obvious
> example - but then he's a paragon of neurotic self-analysis, always chewing
> over his own motivations. If he were supremely self-knowing throughout then
> he'd be as boring as God. 
>
> Charlie
>
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