[LMB] The Spirit Ring - Fiametta and Fawn

brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Sep 14 22:04:36 BST 2021

What he said.

> On Sep 14, 2021, at 12:44 PM, Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> One of LMB's pet themes is women doing the best they can within the restrictions of a patriarchial society.  That's not a failing in the characters, it's the plot.  Both Cordelia and Ekaterin play out the same story; they have huge ability but can only achieve anything as a great man's wife.  Most painfully in Cordelia's case, because unlike the other three, she comes from an egalitarian society and knows how it should be.
> Fiametta doesn't have time to develop as a character; the story only plays out over a few weeks, and all she has time to do is learn a bit about elementary politics and how to get along with a man.  Fawn, I'll grant you, is sometimes irritatingly content with her lot, when it looks so narrow to us, and when she's repeatedly demonstrated that she's capable of so much more.  But bear in mind that from her point of view, she's already found a wider and more challenging life than was ever on offer in her home village.  And one of the hardest things for campaigning feminists to accept is that not everyone wants more than the kitchen and the home.

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