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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
Hmmmm, interesting... Never would have thought of it, but now that you mention it, I do see some of the parallels. Although I think one big point of difference is that Imrahil was the golden shining heir and thus always assured of the attention and privilege and expectations that come with it, which is what made him rebel. Whereas in Kennedy's case it was the opposite in that he was the "runt of the litter", and seems thus to have come last in what was expected of him - and what he expected from himself.
But both grew into their potential with some painful wake-up calls and finally gracefully accepted their roles and made the best of them, as Gwidhiel said.
Another important parallel I would add is the whole concept of "noblesse oblige" and "to whom much is given, much is expected".
Gwidhiel, your mention of sailing reminds me: I watched some excerpts of the moving and funny wake from Friday on the 'net, and there was a hilarious story told by one of Kennedy's friends (I don't know him, but he was from Iowa, I think he was a former politician?) about how Kennedy once talked him into a sailing trip that turned out to be rather unpleasant for a landrat - it makes me think of "Just a Bit of Chop" *g*.
God, I would hope Imrahil is spared having to die from a long, painful illnes! Isabeau, you can't do that to him (and to us readers *g*) and his children, who have already lost their mother that way! If I can only a little influence your creative impulses (I'm sending virtual home-baked German cookies), this would be my wish: I want him to die when his (semi-)canoncial time is come in F.A. 34 sound of body and mind, peaceful, surrounded by his loved ones (*coughsecondwifeHethlincough*). And visited perhaps by some ghosts like Boromir and/or Andra?
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