[LMB] The Spirit Right Chapters 1 and 2 - Contrasting Introductions
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Fri Sep 3 11:37:39 BST 2021
On 03/09/2021 06:32, Matthew George wrote:
> Chapter 2 is where spontaneous, untrained, and 'natural' magic first
> appears. Not only in the form of the kobolds, their abilities, and the
> prophecy they grant Thur - Thur seems to have the ability to sense veins of
We later see that Thur's particular skill is in finding things. I saw
his ability to sense the veins of ore as an extension of that - he is
finding the ore - do others see it differently? I suppose other times it
is mostly people we see him finding so it might be different.
I would note that at this stage even Thur is uncertain if what he is
doing is magic or just imagination. Because we have seen Fiametta and
her father working magic, I think the reader is encouraged to see it as
magic, but the possibility of hallucination or imagination is there.
> And rather peculiarly, he gets a jolt of 'magic sense' when he first
> picks up the letter suggesting he apprentice himself, even before he reads
> it. (IIRC)
I had read that caused by Fiametta's spell - as the counterpart to Uri
handling the ring and thinking of Thur.
> This suggests that there's something objectively correct about the decision
> to take up the offer. Perhaps the ore-sense is really more of a sense of
> what choice should be made? Making him and Fiametta destined to be
> together cheapens their romance somewhat to me, and I'd prefer not to view
> it that way... but how else to explain that surge?
I don't necessarily see it as that they are destined for each other, at
least not in the sense that it is inevitable. As I said above I see that
surge as linked to Fiametta's ring, but for me that takes us back to
Beneforte's observation that the spell reveals rather than creating true
love. Later the Abbot says it isn't even that, but that it reveals a
true heart. I wonder, does that change how we see the relationship and
the influence of the spell over it? Thur at that point is convinced that
his feelings for Fiametta are not the result of the spell (although, how
does he know)? I suppose I see it as the spell tells us that Fiametta
and Thur would be a good match and predisposes us to expect that they
will pair up, but it doesn't force it. We still get to see them
realising and choosing to act on this for themselves.
Or if you want a completely mundane explanation, the surge just could be
Thur's imagination. He is warming up from near hypothermia and a hard
day and so is susceptible to an offer to leave and imagines a physical
manifestation of that.
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