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Princes of Dol Amroth
February, 25 2006
Questions about the life and times of Imrahil and his family can be asked here, including questions about Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and the shorter stories. Discussions about Brand can go either here or in the Best-Loved Son thread, since his stories sort of overlap both cycles.
Hethlin's great, sure, but I'd be willing to bet that there are a lot of other really attractive, intelligent, worthy women in Dol Amroth, Gondor, or further afield who would be available *now*!
But isn't that the crux of the problem? Imrahil has been searching for a long time for a partner, and didn't find one (granted, that was more for the sake of his growing children than his own). So he stopped looking until he was hit over the head with Hethlin. There was no other for him that he felt himself attracted to. And if Hethlin chose to deny him now, I rather doubt he would look elsewhere.
I also don't get the feeling from the glimpses we get that play after the current chapters of Silver Swan until ca. 3 years after, that Imrahil has felt a great need to look elsewhere, or that his drinking has become such a big problem. Certainly, Brand noticed, but I doubt it has affected him much. He has a hard head, and the drinking seems to me rather to be a sign of his "moping" *g* as a search for oblivion.
Although I agree with you that I'd like to see Imrahil happy *now*, I just don't see how it could be done logically from where we stand in Silver Swan and how Isabeau has shown things in other stories that are set later. And I certainly don't want him to have a brief affair during his wait for Hethlin's decision just for the sake of letting of some steam (not that this is what you said, but I don't see many other possibilities within the frame of "Unabeau-canon"). As we see, three years from Silver Swan, there is still only Hethlin on his mind.
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