[LMB] GJ&RQ - Chapter 8, part 1

Corrina Lawson corrinaannelawson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 04:56:28 BST 2016

I took it to mean a classic literature reference to Alice In Wonderland's
Red Queen, "Off with her head!" Given Cordelia's reputation on Barrayar.

That does not mean "Red Queen" couldn't have multiple levels of meaning, as
many things do.


On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 11:47 PM, Robert Woodward <robertaw at drizzle.com>

> On Aug 22, 2016, at 9:27 AM, Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> (snip)
> > So, what do people make of the Red Queen name, both for Cordelia and in
> the title?  Jole points out that the bloodthirsty playing card is the Queen
> of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland; "the chess queen [in Through the Looking
> Glass] was known for her sprinting", i.e., having to run as fast as she
> could to stay in the same place.  (But aren't chess pieces usually white or
> black, not red?  Still, it's Lewis Carroll who names her the Red Queen.)
> And Cordelia seems to agree that she has to run as fast as she can to stay
> in the same place.
> >
> Many chess sets are actually white and red, not white and black.
> "We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
> Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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