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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.
January 31, 2006
For some reason I'm up very late this evening, and just happened to catch "Reparation" shortly after it was posted by Isabeau.
It's an excellent connecting piece, Isabeau. I like Brand a lot; his wariness about men who hit women is both a sad symptom of his rocky childhood, and a hopeful sign of his own character. Although he's not quite right about men hitting women in the face: as Finduilas and Boromir could have attested, some prefer to bruise where it can't be seen. And for that matter, Faramir and Elrohir went for each other's faces during their infamous scuffle. Perhaps hitting someone in the face is indicative of more blatant or passionate hostility? Or less controlled hostility? I wonder what the psych literature on that is -- I'm not well versed on violence.
I get a kick out of Andrahar's ingrained hostility to elves. "Two almost elves," was his grumpy description of Elladan and Elrohir, wasn't it? Although I think I was hoping that after his encounter with Glorfindel he'd be a little more open-minded about Elves in General (as opposed to elves as represented by Lord Gildor).
Most importantly, I'm glad that Andra recognized the need to make amends about hitting Hethlin. I was really taken aback when he struck her like that, it seemed out of character for him, and was just plain wrong. I'm glad that he sees it that way too, and is brutally honest with himself about his possible unconscious motives. I'm glad that the reparation was public; seems that will go some way toward legitimizing Hethlin in the eyes of the other esquires and the Swan Knights. It'll be better if Andrahar doesn't have to directly intervene with the other esquires; if they come around on their own due to Hethlin's heroic save (which seems to be the talk of the town) and the changed attitude of the Armsmaster, that'll be better for Hethlin's chances of gaining their respect.
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