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 May, 4 2007

A journal for discussion of the story "Reconciliation."


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You know, even before you went into the details of The System (that officers know of some/most hazing and turn a blind eye to the milder forms of esquire self-correction) - during Ornendil's opening lecture to P & E, in fact - two things popped into my mind.

The first was the opening scene of Kin-Strife, where Ornendil is discussing Andrahar with Adrahil, and noting his extreme displeasure at being forced to accept the Haradrim into the program. The second was Andrahar's thoughts in Reparation about Hethlin: "Sensing that Andrahar did not wish her among them, it was possible that the esquires might do something that would cause her actual harm, and that must not be allowed."

Of course, Andrahar benefits from actual experience here, but it feels from the last part of Ch. 2 that Ornendil must have at least some sense of his own part in what happened to Andrahar. Is this an accurate reading on my part? How much discussion has there been between the officers and/or Adrahil about their own racist attitudes and the contribution this made to the extreme measures taken by Valyon's crew? And how ironic, that the officers’ disapproval of Andrahar (did he face the same attention and extra duties as P & E?) which led in part to his beating, is now what is exacerbating the esquires’ treatment of Andra’s attackers, when in fact the officers seem to want Pel and Elya to succeed.

On a much different note, is the Canticle of the Sun recorded anywhere? Or were you thinking of our Real World example? Adrahil’s comments were a marvelous embellishment of Haradrim custom. I really love the complex and interesting Haradic peoples that’s been created for the Unabeauverse.

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