[LMB] Ekaterin - real or construct?
jamesandmary.burbidge at sympatico.ca
22 Nov 2003 20:12:56 -0500
On Sat, 2003-11-22 at 20:07, Laura Gallagher wrote:
> > Interesting argument. Mind going into more detail as to why, if Tien is
> Miles Gone Wrong, Ekaterin is still willing to marry him at the end of
> the book? (For reference, I think I'm more on Winter's side of the
> argument rather than yours )
> Well, I personally wouldn't describe Tien as Miles Gone Wrong.
> But as to at least one part of my answer as to why Ekaterin would be
> willing to marry Miles, even though he had made some screwups, some of
> which could be compared to Tien's behavior - Tien wanted to keep her small,
> dependent, powerless. Miles wanted her to grow, achieve, become powerful
> and strong. He wanted her to have a planet. (Or at least a district) He
> believed in her. I think that last scene in Komarr, where he's describing
> former girlfriends and how they've all achieved Great Things, is a
> significant part of what makes him attractive to her. He encourages her to
> dream big. And she wants to take a number and get in line for this!
Miles is also -- had to be, just to get where he was -- someone who
pushed himself to extremes and never made any allowances he wasn't
forced to for his own weaknesses, to say nothing of being ultracompetent
and a very good social dynamics type. Tien was a stupid/lazy type who
blamed his own failures on others.
Miles as anit-Tien I can see, but not Tien as Miles gone wrong.