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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.
Rebecca wrote: For some reason I'm up very late this evening, and just happened to catch "Reparation" shortly after it was posted by Isabeau.
I figured somebody would. I just didn't know who it would be.
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.
Hadn't thought about the psychological aspects. Of course, Brand is not wrong as far as his own experience goes-Jacyn and the others in his circle don't worry about hiding their handiwork because no one thinks it is wrong, or at least actionable. The stablemaster at the inn deplores that Brand comes to work with a black eye, but it never occurs to him to confront Jacyn about it.
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).
Don't think he's got much use for Elladan and Elrohir either. I've been asked to do a one off a la Stud Fee with him and Elladan, but I can't see it happening.
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.
It shocked me too, when he did it. I wasn't as familiar with him then as I am now, he was more the cardboard ogre-figure for the story. But I don't think I'll take it back. I've got enough of the backstory now that I understand that it was a moment of extreme frustration. But I'm glad I figured out a way to keep it and still be true to Andra's character the way I now envisage it.
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.
I think he's just going to keep a careful eye on things from now on. But he did realize that his attitude was a good part of the problem.
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