[LMB] Cetaganda: origin of haut

Tel teluekh at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 2 00:14:35 BST 2010

--- On Tue, 6/1/10, Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com> wrote:

> From: Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com>
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Cetaganda: origin of haut
> To: "Bujold List" <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
> Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 6:25 PM
> Life as a 3rd class citizen on Cetaganda might actually be
> more free than life as a ghem, and certainly more than life
> as a haut. There would be areas that might make our blood
> run cold, such as the old samurai right to behead any
> commoner he pleased to, but we haven't seen it.

Well, it's not a fun place to be an intellectual dissident, we know that.  Not being ghem is probably a bit less hazardous overall than being ghem, but that's because private lethal feuds and getting shot for doing your job seem par for the course among ghem. 

> If anyone has re-read "1984" recently, life as a prole
> seemed to be freer and even more prosperous than life as an
> Outer Party (Civil Service) bureaucrat. 

Yes - relatively!


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