[DWJ] Living in other series

Judith Ridge judith.ridge at gmail.com
Wed May 25 02:21:46 EDT 2011

On 25 May 2011 16:03, Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > I think you're right--Millie gets to stay because she's "dead" in her
> home
> > world, or paid for with a life.
> I've gone back and looked: Millie does not pay her passage with a life. She
> pays for her release *from Asheth* with a life, as her predecessors
> did--only it turns out they usually give a life from one of the Temple cats
> (cue Throgmorton fleeing). And crucially, Millie lies: she claims that she
> used Asheth's life as her second to travel, but it turns out that she used
> one of Christopher's.
> Millie stole the life of a Nine Lifed Enchanter!
> But we've already discovered this was  not the facilitator of travel
> anyway.
> "My dear girl," [Gabriel] said as he sipped it [the cup of tea] "what a
> very
> foolish thing to have done! You are clearly a very powerful enchantress in
> your own right. You had no need to use Asheth."
> And a little later: "Asheth has powers, but she never shares them. The ones
> you have are yours."
> 1. Millie can strip a nine lifed enchanter of his life
> 2. Millie can travel in full body to another world.
> 3. She is easily Christopher's equal.
> So:  why exactly is she not likely to be a nine lifed enchanter? Well, I'd
> say it's because we are all accepting the intrinsic sexism of the world
> (and, I'm sad to say, Diana in 1988) in which Millie can't be the next
> Chrestomanci, because the unspoken qualification is to be male.
>  Christopher needs her magic to defeat the Dright.
> Which then links to the Tacroy issue.
> We are told in Charmed Life that a nine lifed enchanter has all the powers
> that would have been spread across the nine lives. This suggests that in a
> series with thirteen worlds you'd have 13 lived enchanters with the powers
> spread among thirteen compressed into one, or in a five world series, five
> lived enchanters with the powers of those five people compressed into one.
> The thing about series 11 is that it is a place that has not been able to
> split. If we follow the logic, then people are enormously powerful because
> their power has never been spread across a series *but* they probably have
> only one life.
> On to Tacroy.
> We know spirit travelling is rare and that he is the best there is. We also
> know that part of him is kept elsewhere. That part is kept in his home
> world, and his Self is owned by the Dright who uses his magic.
> So here's my theory: Christopher is more solid in travelling becausee
> 8/9ths
> (or by the end 3/4s) travels, whereas for Tacroy, partially enslaved, it
> may
> be no more than half.
> Tacroy is not nine lived because his series never split, and he is not as
> powerful as Christopher during the period of the book because his power is
> held by the Dright. After that? I'd say all bets are off.  Although my
> memory is that he does die before Rosalie.
> Gosh this is fun.
You're all making me want to drop everything and read the Chrestomanci books
again, and I DON'T HAVE TIME! Stop it at once! (And yes, Farah, this IS fun,
but it's TAUNTING ME!)

Judith, grumpy because of funding application hell

Judith Ridge
Western Sydney Young People's Literature Officer

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Blacktown City Council
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