[LMB] CRYOBURN: What happens next for. . . (FIC)

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Sat Jan 1 02:34:09 GMT 2011


Better yet: have her head a Ministry for Women, Children, & Families. That sounds like an acceptable pink-lab-coat ghetto. Remember? "But, Aral, he said I wasn't to have any power, and then he gave Gregor's education to me?"


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> From: mathews55 at msn.com
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:29:42 -0700
> Subject: Re: [LMB] CRYOBURN: What happens next for. . . (FIC)
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> Minister for Women's Affairs. That sounds harmless except for the sex jokes that would abound with that title.
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> > From: gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
> > To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> > Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:21:57 +1100
> > Subject: Re: [LMB] CRYOBURN: What happens next for. . . (FIC)
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> > > From: Royce McDaniels roycemcdaniels158 at gmail.com
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> > > I see her as continuing as Vicereine (remember that it is specifically noted
> > > as being coequal as opposed to through her husband) on Sergyar until she is
> > > ready to retire. She still has Mark AND Miles to look after, remember, and
> > > they are largely tied to Barrayar for now. Not to mention all those
> > > grandchildren (both Miles' existant ones and Mark's putative ones (once
> > > Kareen is ready for them)).
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> > > On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 7:10 AM, Tracy A <greenlady31 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > > After Cryoburn, what happens next for Cordelia? It's hard to imagine her
> > > > either playing the traditional widow on Barrayar, or trying to step back
> > > > into Betan society.
> > 
> > When I got to THAT part in Cryoburn, my first thought was 'ohhhh Aral! no!' 
> > My second thought was of a pair of black boots in the mud, as he stood over
> > her, waiting patiently, that first moment. My third thought, and the one relevant
> > here, was that the grandchildren wouldn't have a chance to know Aral.
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> > Even in their thirties Gregor and Miles still needed advice, guidance and support
> > from Aral. I was so hoping that there'd be some quiet retirement time after
> > Sergyar, when he sat in the sun at Vorkosigan Surleau and the grandchildren
> > had a chance to listen to his stories, and learn from him.
> >  
> > With Aral gone, I don't think that Cordelia will go back to Beta for good. All
> > true wealth is biological, and those grandchildren are her own personal
> > empire. And Miles and Mark too, of course. Ekaterin is fearsomely busy, she
> > wouldn't mind some help. Gregor would love to have Cordelia closer to hand.
> > And the grandchildren... she'll want to be with them, or see them, regularly.
> > She has to tell them about Aral. And make sure they get a good Betan upbringing.
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> > I think she'll go back to Beta, for a while, but Barrayar will draw her back. She's
> > spent more time within the Empire than on Beta. And so often, migrants don't 
> > like the new country, the old one was so much better, it was HOME. And they go
> > home, and ... it's not right any more. I've seen a few cases of people who 
> > moved to Australia, missed their old country and went home, then realised
> > they'd changed, and they came back to the new place after all. I think Cordelia
> > has changed more than she realises. And she never quite fit in on Beta, anyway.
> >  
> > I don't think she'll stay on Sergyar, I think she'll move to Barrayar. But she'll need
> > some new job, and Gregor will have to push the envelope a bit more for her. 
> > Having Cordelia around will be good, but Cordelia with nothing to do is dangerous.
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> > I wonder what job she'll take - Minister for the Equality of Women? Probably, but
> > not with so obvious a title.
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> > Not that I've spent much time thinking of this....
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> > Gwynne (still thinking)
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