[LMB] Sharing Knife: More thoughts
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Sun Jan 20 13:40:51 GMT 2019
Lakewalkers have an interesting attitude to death, for them it's
a loving sacrifice, and a victory. When you think about the knives
it should be rather ghoulish and icky, but instead it's loving and
brave. Lois is brilliant at creating new mindsets.
Lakewalker society is in many ways a military organisation. They
are at war, and everything they do is aimed at supporting that fight.
Fawn, at least, sees sex as the key to adulthood. It's the entry into
a closed society, the line between helpless, ignorant children and
knowing adults. Well, until she tries it and realises there's more to
learn. (Mind you, she picked a pretty useless teacher for her first
try. She did much better later on.)
There's different kinds of abuse. The casual cruelty of Fawn's brothers,
their constant bullying and belittling of her, have really left her
with some trauma. And her parents let it go on, nobody cared enough
to help her. If she'd been the eldest, if there'd been other sisters, if
her parents had protected and respected her... the story would
probably be very different. She's been suppressed and oppressed for
so long, when she escapes she really blossoms.
And I still love the sex-education chat they have while riding along,
until poor Dag loses his balance. And his seat on the horse.
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