[LMB] Ista's bachelorhood

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Tue May 8 04:27:57 BST 2012

I'd say "bachelorhood" was the period between maidenhood and matronhood - a period much celebrated in TV sitcoms and dramas.

The common term for Ista's stage of life in the pagan community, when they go beyond the old three-fold division, is "Queen."

Of course, that's also what a lady house cat is officially called.

> From: tlambs1138 at charter.net
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 20:00:12 -0700
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Ista's bachelorhood
> I would add that in significant measure the triad of maiden-mother-crone is
> not only about "the debilitation of old age" in a general sense, but
> specifically maps stages of female reproductive life, from viriginity to
> post-menopause. Whether there's textev that Ista is menopausal or
> post-menopausal I'm not sure -- anyone? -- but in any case, she is plainly
> positioned on what would have been the mother/crone boundary, and is now in
> Lois's schema the mother/blank-years boundary.
> --John Lennard
> Maureen, in Heinlein's TO SAIL BEYOND THE SUNSET, calls that period in her
> life her 'bachelorhood' (which is unfortunately interrupted with further
> family business as her extended family gets dumped on her). I have some
> severe squick problems with parts of that book, and have only read it once
> (given how I've memorized most of Heinlein, this says something). However,
> Maureen as a character noted this gap between her physical
> motherhood/wifehood and the crone life faced by many women of an earlier
> generation, and that's what she called it. 
> Jean Lamb
> tlambs1138 at charter.net
> "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for you are crunchy and good with
> lemon drops."
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