[LMB] Spirit Ring - Fathers & Daughters

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Sun Sep 5 20:47:44 BST 2021

Looking in on Chapter 3.

The story opens with Fia going behind her father's back (sort of) to create
something all on her own. She's just a young daughter, not an actual
apprentice*, but she wants to be a grown up.  Specifically, she wants to
find her true love. And likely she wants to get married, all right &
proper, to borrow a phrase from another series.  Her mom is not around to
help her navigate these tricky waters, and the housekeeper has neither the
authority nor the know-how to keep an eye on a magically inclined young

How would Fia's coming-of-age be different with a mother who was magically
aware? And knew the kind of shenanigans girls get up to? Papa clearly knows
the tricks that apprentices get up to, and semi-supervised the making of
the ring.

* Not an apprentice, huh? Because she's a girl, because Daddy wants to keep
her 'the baby', because Mama isn't there to put her foot down,
because apprentices need paying + guild fees, but daughters are free....
check all that apply.

also, if Fia was an actual apprentice, would making the ring on her own be
a journeyman's piece, or an apprentice's practice piece?  Do they actually
have journeymen in "not-Italy", or can this magical working be her
masterpiece? Thor is going to be an apprentice, not a journeyman...  but
this is straying from the father-daughter theme, so someone else can pick
up this string and run with it.

The next father-daughter combo flips all this.
The Duke is pushing his too-young daughter to be an adult woman.  She's a
marriage pawn, she doesn't need to do anything or accomplish anything.
Being female is enough.   True love is not on the menu, but the marriage is
scheduled to be all right and proper, witnessed by everyone important who
will eventually be governed by the Duke's son in law.  Eventually, that's a
nice word, isn't it?  So vague. So right-now, if that's how it works out.

Meanwhile, this daughter has an alive mother.  Mama thinks her little girl
is too young to marry, and she wants to make it clear that this is a
betrothal, with plenty of time before the wedding.  So she dresses her
daughter in not only a girl's cap instead of a woman's more sophisticated
hair do. Her clothing, while of course indicating wealth, also
indicates "too young" to all those witnesses eating at the Duke's table.
Modern clothing doesn't do this as well - we have children who want to be
young adults, and elders who want to be young adults. But moving along.

Our Nefarious Villain is clearly prepared to ignore all these social
signals and wants to get married ASAP.  The prince also wants the Duchy
right away, and if murder happens in secret, then it was clearly a case of
self defense, wasn't it?  Let the marriage take place at once, just to
prove the prince is such a Nice Guy [tm] who doesn't hold grudges.

This brings us to the 3rd father-daughter combo.  Skipping ahead for
confirmation of just who is that spirit in that putti-ring.  Oh, that poor
girl.  A dying infant born of a cast-off woman. Mother and daughter, both
unloved, both used as a tool by a foul excuse for a human, but one goes
quietly to the afterlife and one is formed into an abomination.  The
Prince  does not get father-of-the-year award, not anywhere or anywhen.

Let's talk about the curious incident of fathers and sons for a moment -
there aren't any.  The only father of a son even mentioned is Thur's
father, who died.

Gregory (Scotland Yard <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_Yard>
Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Holmes: That was the curious incident.

Sylvia, on topic, at great length!

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