Lois McMaster Bujold
lbujold at myinfmail.com
Tue Jan 11 18:05:59 GMT 2011
Elizabeth Holden azurite at rogers.com
Tue Jan 11 15:22:59 GMT 2011
While exercising this morning, I got to Miles' conversation with Aral
about Mile's "parade" of women, Aral's first marriage (how I wish he
would say that woman's name!) and honour.
As usual - I love the Aral scenes. Can't get enough of them.
Seems to me it implies (by generalizing) that Aral believes that Miles
wasn't entirely serious in his love for Elena. Which I think he was,
and took a long time to get over it. On the other hand, it was a first
love, and from Aral's mature perspective, maybe a necessary step in
growing up, and not a mature love. As if 'mature' loves were somehow
better than young ones.
Anyway: the real point was that Miles' love of Elena was unrequited,
which is a different thing.
I wonder what he *really* made of Taura. Or Elli. Sometimes I wish we
could see these scenes from his point of view, rather than Miles'.
*** Oh, my -- there's a box lid I'd not lifted before -- Aral's first
face-to-face, or at least face-to-cleavage, meeting with Taura, which
would have been in the lead-up to the wedding in "Winterfair Gifts".
Knowing whatever Aral knew or imagined about her, from whatever Miles
had let slip, which, being Miles, was probably rather a lot -- he's very
proud of her, in various ways both justified and dodgy -- and possibly
just a _titch_ misleading...
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