[LMB] The Spirit Ring - Fiametta and Fawn

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 06:39:53 BST 2021

There aren't any truly large cities in the Wide Green World - the closest
is a small town by our standards - no universities, no libraries, few
books.  What exists for Fawn to want, if she isn't satisfied with what is
available to her?  Her world is recovering from an ongoing disaster.
Someday civilization will develop enough for there to be opportunities for
everyone.  But there aren't many roles available, even fewer for women.

And of course there's the opportunity cost for choosing one thing over
another.  Marie Curie was determined to become a physicist, even though
that wasn't truly possible in her native Poland.  So she moved to a new
country, met a man willing to permit her to develop, and became one of the
great physicists.

It ultimately killed her.  And even if her husband Pierre hadn't died in an
accident, I suspect she would have had no children, even if she decided she
wanted them.  All that work with toxic, radioactive substances... But, she
made her choices.

Fawn doesn't have such choices available.  She couldn't even imagine many
of them, as no society she's ever heard of exists to make them possible.

Matt G.

On Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 9:54 PM Jelbelser <jelbelser at comcast.net> wrote:

> > On Sep 14, 2021, at 1:05 PM, tidsel via Lois-Bujold <
> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > I have had some 'trouble' with Fiametta, as I had with Fawn in the
> Sharing Knife series. In my head they are two female characters that do not
> really seem to go anywhere..
> > they have talents and character, but both seems to have to live under
> very restricted rules in their societies. Fawn has some talents that all
> but drown in house work, and
> >
> > How does this strike you - do you think they get their due, and also
> develop?
> > T
> Fawn is at the very center of the revolutionary changes coming to the Wide
> Green World. Her gift is figuring things out, and striving to understand.
> She doesn’t do groundwork, but I’m sure her unique insight continues to be
> key to Dag’s work. Also, the medicine she makes is essential to Dag and
> Arkady’s work. She provides room and board to the groundworkers and healers
> who come to expand their horizons. And she’s happiest when she has
> something to do with her hands. Being able to smoothly manage a large
> household is a gift (I know I lack it.)
> When we see her she doesn’t seem stressed and unhappy, but content. She is
> where she wants to be, and doing what she wants to do.
> Janet in TN
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