[LMB] GJ&RQ - Cetagandan thoughts
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Mon Dec 19 01:33:09 GMT 2016
On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 8:05 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> From: Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
> > On Dec 18, 2016, at 7:05 AM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> > Interruption - Ghem Soren wants to beg for asylum. A bit unexpected.
> > The consul isn't happy with the fuss about the garden. Interesting -
> > in the good old days it would have been useful political ammunition
> > against the Barrayarans, to embarrass them or force some
> > consessions, but now it's just a nuisance disturbing good relations.
> > Yes, times have changed. A lot.
> I love that observation.
> It's interesting to see how things have changed.
> The admiral's aide is dating a member of the Cetagandan consul's staff.
> With the admiral's approval and dating advice.
> The consul's son goes to school with the general's daughter, and children
> of other high-ranking officers and officials.
> There's still hostility under the surface - from drunken louts. (Mind you,
> a perfumed sensory garden of ANY nationality would probably have been
> a bit of a target for the hyped-up drunken football louts.)
Don't forget the local security folk who conveniently looked the other way
as the louts began their trouble-making. And the fact that the
ball/Cetagandan-head was decorated in his colors.
I suspect Cordelia or someone ought to have put the kibosh on that bit of
Indeed they don't love each other, but the likelihood of someone pulling
out a gun of any sort to shoot another someone (ala Brothers in Arms) seems
> The Cetagandan response to the attack on the sensory garden isn't an
> outraged protest and political point-scoring, it's to send the consul's
> home and business as usual.
> Cetaganda and Barrayar aren't besties, and probably never will be, but
> both empires are far more interested in business as usual than in
> gearing up for warfare. They'll snipe at each other a bit at a dinner
> but they really don't want anything serious to happen.
> Things have changed a lot from the beginning of the saga.
And of course, one quietly wonders what will happen in about 100 - 300
years if/when the haut decide they've become whatever it is they're trying
to become (or at least have gotten close enough) and so now it's time to
spread through the galaxy.
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