[LMB] Stray thought

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 24 05:24:17 BST 2019

From: Richard Molpus <rgmolpus at flash.net>

 Lets name the people who raised Gregor:...
Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan- She came into Gregor's life late; mainly when she and Aral moved into the Residence after Mile's birth. She became the replacement for Kareen; a mother but somewhat remote (she had Miles to take her time).
Lady Alys Vorpatril? - she'd have been at the Residence almost every day; and would have brought Ivan with her. She became the other surrogate mother to Gregor; a bit remote, but someone female for Gregor to go to for emotional support.

Gwynne: I think they're closer than that. Gregor turns to Cordelia when he's
 getting married; he asks Miles to help pry her away from Aral and Sergyar,
he's a kid who wants his Mum at that point. Miles knows that Gregor will
need to talk with Cordelia after Gregor's meltdown over Serg. Cordelia knew
that raising an Emperor was vital for the future, and she took that job
seriously. She's also, as Miles notes at one point, the only person at that
time who sees Gregor as a person first, Emperor second. Gregor so desperately
needed that different perspective as he grew up.

Yes, she was busy with baby Miles, but as I mentioned, that was also important
for Gregor; he learned to wait, and share, and that he didn't always come first.
It was important for him to be a child as well as an emperor, sometimes.

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