skyefire at skyefire.org
Wed Jan 12 19:59:54 GMT 2011
On 1/11/2011 11:03 AM, Joel Polowin wrote:
> Elizabeth Holden wrote:
>> I wonder what [Aral] *really* made of Taura. Or Elli.
> Given that one of his major concerns was that Miles' wife would
> one day become Lady Vorkosigan... with Barrayaran prejudices, I
> imagine that he was faintly appalled by Taura. She was an amazing
I disagree. Aral would have been *concerned,* yes, particularly about
what Miles' deep subconscious motivations might be.
But given what we've seen of Aral's own deep motivations, I feel safe
in saying that his two primary criteria would have been:
1: Will she make my son happy the way I've been happy with Cordelia?
2: Will she make him a good Lady Vorkosigan? (this is hardly entirely
separate from #1, note)
If Aral could assure himself that the answers to those questions was
"yes" to within a degree of reasonable doubt, I'm certain Aral would
have told his deep Barrayaran prejudices to take a hike. It's possibel
Cordelia might have had to nudge him a bit (remembering the library
scene in MD), but he would have gotten there ("which one?" from ACC).
> warrior, but given her appearance and heritage, that would be a
> *big* "but". I'm sure that if Miles had brought her home, Aral
> would have tried to accept her for Miles' sake, but there would
> have been some long serious parental discussions.
> Elli, on the other hand... "Ah, I'm glad to see that you've
> found a galactic warrior woman of your very own."
Elli would have doubtless been a lower hurdle to get over.
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