[LMB] HH chapter 16

Peter H. Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Mon May 15 20:15:12 BST 2006

At 11:27 AM 5/15/2006, Elizabeth Holden wrote:
>Chapter 16: In which Wencel shows Ingrey the tragic
>progression of his many lives.
>Ah, so Wencel was the hallow king of the Wealding who
>was thrown into the mass grave to die with all his
>people on top of him.  And be reborn, and reborn....
>In search of  a victory that never came.
>So presumably in the course of this story it will
>come, in some unanticipated form.
>And Ingrey is his heir.  Interesting link of spirit
>and genetics.

At this point, I was horrified.  Consider what has happened to every 
other heir:  Personality subsumed by the Hallow King.  A kind of 
early death, one could say.

>Ingrey hates the gods. Are the five gods the same as
>the gods of the Wealdings?

I didn't get that impression at all.

And I think Ingrey may be coming to grips, after the revalations of 
this chapter, with the fact that he is sundered from the gods as he is now.

>Wencel changed his speech patterns here, as if the
>Wealding king was a new personality. Or reverting to
>an old one, with old memories?  Caught up in his own
>tragedy. Or just revealing himself... Why did he never
>say his name?
>Best line: "I want my world back."
>Second best lines:
>Ingrey: "Do you fear the gods will destroy you?"
>Wencel: "That is not a fear. That is a prayer."
>What are Ingrey's thousand questions that he wanted to
>ask Wencel?  The first thing I would want to know from
>him is, did he really want Ijada dead, and if so, why?
>  I don't see where that fits in. That leaves 999
>questions to go.
>At the end of the chapter, Ingrey wonders why Wencel
>was 'so anxious now', and 'pressed', as if suddenly in
>a hurry.  If Ingrey hadn't told me that was the case,
>I wouldn't have realized it.  How does Ingrey know
>that Wencel's action was unaccustomed?

Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net 

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