[DWJ] Dogsbody

socker rotta sockerrotta at hotmail.com
Wed May 23 13:52:44 EDT 2012

Hi everyone,

well, Sirius isn't guilty of killing the luminary he was on trial for killing - his Companion did that with the Zoi. He flew into a rage and threatened to kill the New Companion, and struck out at him, but he doesn't actually hurt him. So he's not guilty of anything but having a nasty temper and believing blindly in someone who stabbed him in the back.

He was definitely a victim of very masterful provocation though, I agree with that. But I don't remember Kathleen's father being a victim. Well, I don't remember much about him at all, I realise now. Was he framed for something? I thought he belonged to the IRA and was jailed for various unlawful activities. But do please refresh my memory :-)


"Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up."

> Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 18:25:29 +0100
> From: farah.sf at gmail.com
> To: dwj at suberic.net
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Dogsbody
> On 21 May 2012 15:21, Lucy Pearson <lucy.r.pearson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I'm interested by the fact that this is (I think) the only one of Diana's
> > books where she explicitly brings in real world politics, in the form of
> > Kathleen's Irish identity and her father's imprisonment. And, now I think
> > about it, Sirius' story does seem to have some connecting themes there -
> > the fact he's been framed for his crime, for example. Is the connection
> > here just about working through similar emotions, or did DWJ have paticular
> > feelings about the Irish issues?
> One interesting aspect is that Kathleen's father is guilty, and so too is
> Sirius. Are both victims of provocation?
> Farah
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