[LMB] Richard III in _Komarr_
M. Haller Yamada
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Tue Jun 20 02:29:49 BST 2017
From: Walter Bushell
“Was ever woman in this humor wooed? Was ever woman in this humor won?”
Excerpt From: Lois McMaster Bujold. “Miles in Love.” iBooks.
Act I scene 2 Richard III
Could apply in ACC.
Micki: Girls, girls, girls. It's interesting that neither Richard nor Miles see themselves as suited
for romance particularly, but they are both handy with the ladies. Richard does more pursuing than
Miles does at first -- and his goal isn't love for himself, but political power. Miles always has
politics in the background (one of his major needs is for a Lady Vorkosigan), but he's not wooing
these women for how they can boost his standing. (Although -- boosting his standing just by marrying
him is something.)
Richard goes through one wife, kills her off, tries to get betrothed to a second (relative, if I
remember right) and while making his pitch to Princess's mother, steals a kiss from said mother (at
least in the McKellen version).
Did this serve as a cautionary tale for Miles? Grab your power on your own merit -- don't try to
marry into it. Miles isn't really interested in grabbing power on Barrayar, but as Naismith, his
priorities are a little different. (First of all, it isn't treasonous for Naismith to grab power --
but it's fourteen different kinds of trouble for Miles VK to grab power.) So, he dates Elly Quinn
and lets her be seen as a sort of consort, but doesn't seduce her. Or murder her, either. He's more
like the King (Edward?) in Richard III -- lecherous with mistresses. Although, again, he doesn't
seduce. He attracts mistresses who want to be with him.
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