[LMB] More thoughts caused by re-reading A Civil Affair

Walter Bushell proto at panix.com
Mon Nov 1 17:02:30 GMT 2010

On Oct 31, 2010, at 8:50 PM, Leanne Martin wrote:

> G'day all,
> Whilst reading A Civil Affair again I was caused to ponder the Vorkosigan Honour 
> ethic after Miles dismissed the extradition of the Escobarans and ordered them 
> out of Vorkosigan House.
> I must say that it spoiled my internal image of Miles' mantra of "Reputation is 
> how others see you. Honour is how you see yourself." (I hope I remembered it 
> correctly...) I guess I really expected him to broker a more equitable solution 
> after all the Escobaran financiers were in no way criminal in their funding. 
> Surely as a matter of ethics the Enrique/Vorkosigan/et al business venture must 
> make good to those investors dudded on Escobar given:
>             Escobaran funds paid for the research from which the 
> Enrique/Vorkosigan/et al business venture is reaping the benefits;
>             Mark and Enrique removed all that research material when they 
> absconded;
>             There was nothing to suggest the backers were criminal and 
> 'deserved' dudding;
>             The Escobarans had done everything proper in Barrayaran law to 
> retrieve Enrique;
>             Miles, in perusing the legal paperwork, only seemed to weigh it 
> against how his life might be affected if he acquiesced either way.
> Cheers,
> Leanne.

I would assume, Mark eventually settled with the creditors. Putting Enrique in prison meant *no* chance of the creditors being paid. Even Jacksonian ethics would force him to pay up when rich.

More information about the Lois-Bujold mailing list