[LMB] analogy: Quintarians are to Quadrenes as Betans are to Barrayarans

Margaret Devere margaret at devere.net
Fri Sep 11 16:40:57 BST 2015

Pat writes: 

I think you're right. He certainly is wielding Ista like a sword. Or to use
his own metaphor, he's the falconer to her hawk. And she has taken meat from
his hand already. Though she reserves the right to screech at him and
occasionally dump a load of hawk chalk by way of commentary. 


True, but that's not related to shape of soul, is it?

And Ista perceives her actions as "swallowing." This isn't sword-like. And
why isn't Caz a sword rather than a cup?

How is Ista:sword::Caz:cup ?

Maybe all of this just casts doubt on Caz's metaphor. How does Caz perceive
his own actions during the metaphysical events? Does he have any perception
of them? Maybe he doesn't have any actions -- he's more passive -- steps
aside and lets the Daughter through -- while Ista is active.

Maybe cup and sword are metaphors for passive and active. Note that I don't
mean to imply that there's anything wrong with passive -- there's probably a
better word -- maybe "allowing."


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