[DWJ] Children of nine-lifed enchanters

Elizabeth Parks henx19 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 00:20:29 EST 2012

I think Janet's parents are the same as Cat's, because they were also first
cousins, remember?  It doesn't say directly that they're exactly the same,
but it's pretty strongly implied because of the cousin thing.
 Christopher's father was a Chant, and they produce strong magic with a
black sheep in every generation or so, and Christopher's Mama was an
Argent, and both she and her brother Ralph had enchanter level magic or
close, and I have the strong impression that (was it Dr. Paxton?) expects
Christopher's 9 life magic to be even better because of his heritage.  And
there's one scene when Uncle Ralph figures out how strong Christopher's
magic is and crows to the Last Governess that something had to come of
heritage like Christopher's.  And we learn in Witch Week that strong magic
in one world is strong talent for something else in a world without magic,
so Janet's parents wouldn't have been magical, but they would have been
reasonably good at other things.

Is there every anything addressing if one can make a nine lifed enchanter,
perhaps by having nine women picked out and giving abortions to eight of
them, or smothering the infants as they're born?  A bit gruesome, but it
seems like the kind of thing someone would come up with.  The Dright, for
example, since he seems to be interested in the enchanters and able to send
people to other series, where they could carry out that sort of plan.


On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM, Otter Perry <
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com> wrote:

> I don't think it works like that.  I don't think that it's clearly
> established that the parents of nine-lived enchanters are
> particularly similar to each other. Janet's parents are not
> particularly magical, and she's Gwendolyn's counterpart.
> That is, I don't think being a nine-lived enchanter has
> very much to do with who your parents were. Chrestomanci
> and Cat both have parents with some magical abilities, but
> not major abilities, as far as we know.
> On Jan 14, 2012, at 4:16 PM, Andrea Höst wrote:
> > Interesting question!  But I think the opposite of your thought is
> > true - it's impossible for the children of nine-life enchanters to be
> > nine-lifed because there were not eight other potential counterparts
> > for them.  Because of the uniqueness of their parent, there was only
> > ever the potential for one of them.  So your final suggestion is the
> > correct one.
> >
> > As for cats - they are forever unique unto themselves. :)
> >
> > On 15 January 2012 10:05, Whaaa Meep <slug.bug.yellow at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> I'm writing as a longtime fan of Diana Wynne Jones's work, particularly
> >> Howl, Fire and Hemlock, and Hexwood, though I've only just discovered
> this
> >> mailing list. I've recently been rereading the Chrestomanci series, and
> >> have been seized by a need to know this: why aren't children of
> nine-lifed
> >> enchanters nine-lifers themselves? Surely if Christopher Chant doesn't
> have
> >> a counterpart on 12B, Roger and Julia can't either.
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