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Isabeau's Journal

 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.

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.

In the long run his intial bad attitude about Hethlin may help her. Even if Andrahar had been equinimious about Hethlin from the start, there would have been many others who would not be reconciled to her, even if they never openly showed their hostility. This way, Andrahar's public confession of wrong-doing and unwarranted prejudice against Hethlin can illustrate for those who object to Hethlin the need to examine the source of their resentment, and to consider whether or not it's really justified. Nothing like an "I've seen the light" conversion, ala St. Paul, or George Wallace

I hope that when Andra tells Imri about what happened, Imri will see the good that can come of it. I'll bet Amrothos already has (Elphir too, for that matter).

It dawns on me just now how much I care about many male characters created (or at least finely detailed) by Isabeau: Imri, Andra, Elrohir, Amrothos, Faramir (not to mention Mablung!). Yet on the female side there's really only Hethlin who strongly pulls on my sympathy. There is Eowyn, yes, and I like her quite a bit. Arwen I like too. And Lothiriel and Lady Tirathiel. But I don't feel like I know any of them very well, and none of them rouse concern in me for what will befall them. Perhaps it's because Hethlin doesn't really interact so much with women, occupying a place in what is otherwise a man's world. The lack of women in the stories is a function of Hethlin's lot in life. The only other woman who comes into focus much in these stories is Nimrien, and I do like her a lot. Isabeau, do you find that in general male characters are easier for you than females, or is it just a function of the structure of this particular story?

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