[LMB] SP: Favorite line in "Penric's Mission"

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Nov 9 05:15:43 GMT 2016


> On Nov 8, 2016, at 9:48 PM, M. Haller Yamada <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com> wrote:
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>> Micki: Which brings up a philosophical point: Do, then, demons have a certain 
>> amount of free choice, just like humans do? It seems like the Dratsab doesn't 
>> direct the jump; it's the strongest person around -- in seemingly the demon's 
>> judgement! Unless there's some sort of demon-dar radar woo-woo going on at the 
>> time of the jump. 
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> Marc: Humans have free choice, but not over whether to fall due to gravity,
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> Marc: Perhaps when the host dies, it's just an automatic process.
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> Micki: But we can twist, and fall on our butt, or our elbow or our back, 
> sometimes. The demon must jump. But, who decides what "strongest" is? Can the 
> demon decide, or is it up to some Natural Unthinking Force like gravity? (-: No 
> definitive text ev, I think. Although, I will note that Des jumped to Pen, not 
> the bodyguard. So "strongest" isn't only about physical strength.

She seemed to think she could choose.

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