[DWJ] Living in other series

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Wed May 25 05:07:38 EDT 2011

Actually, to be annoying, the more I look at it, the more uncertain I am of
the reading.  Is the idea that you might have to appoint a regular
enchantress because no nine-lived enchanters are available, or that all
enchanters/enchantresses are in fact nine-lived and therefore the rarity
might lead to the only one available being female?

So actually I think this could go either way?


On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com> wrote:

> The issue of female Chrestomancis actually came up on the questions for DWJ
> at one point (http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/answerslast3.htm), and her
> answer was:  "You wanted to know whether there has ever been a female
> Chrestomanci, and the answer is no, not yet, not in that world. It is a much
> more old fashioned world than ours and Chrestomanci is a government
> appointment. No government in that world would give the post to a woman.
> Pure prejudice, because I am sure there are female nine-lifed enchanters
> too. However there must come a day when a female is the only enchanter
> available - nine-lifed enchanters are very rare - and then the government
> would be forced to appoint her. Females can be enchanters. The Goddess is
> one. One of the staff in Chrestomanci castle is a sorceress. And I think you
> get female wizards too. "
> Also, just to weigh into the other issue based on this particular bit of
> extra-textual evidence - the implication seems to be that DWJ didn't see
> Millie as a nine-lifed enchanter.  "I am sure there are female nine-lifed
> enchanters too" doesn't seem like they way you'd put it if you actually had
> an example of a nine-lifed enchanter to point to, and the implication of
> "nine-lifed enchanters are very rare" seems to be that the Government might
> pick a non-nine-lifed enchantress, like Millie, but only if there are no
> actual nine-lifed enchanters available.
> ---Kyra

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