[LMB] Cordelia's Collegiate Sport? LONG follow up

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Fri Jun 11 21:45:11 BST 2021

On Fri, 11 Jun 2021, Pouncer via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> Cordelia fenced.  Foil. For points, touching the torso,
> probably scored electronically.  Probably during her
> schooling,  not so much if at all in the confines of her
> ship duty.  But over a fairly long and formative portion of
> his life, and carrying the habits forward ever after.
> Prove me wrong.

I would say that you've made a convincing case.

> I THOUGHT there was a scene in the Vorkosigan library where
> Cordelia was perusing an illustrated ToI book with
> a complex diagram of types of (fighting, dueling, war-making)
> swords and the component parts thereof. With lexical lists of the
> special terminology of each part. I can't find the scene now.
> I wonder if, instead of Cordelia, it might have been Mark.
> If so, that would argue for a Doylist (author's) fascination
> with swords instead of Watson's (or any character's.)  Or
> perhaps the author believes the market of readers has such
> an interest ...

Don't remember anything like that. There's a scene in Chapter 7 of 
Barrayar where Cordelia is reading an old ToI book in the Vorkosigan 
library but the subject of the book isn't mentioned.


Alayne McGregor
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What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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