[LMB] Also Gregor: childhood friendships

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Mon Nov 9 23:52:48 GMT 2015



> From: proto at panix.com
> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:49:15 -0500
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Also Gregor: childhood friendships
> 
> 
> > On Nov 9, 2015, at 16:42, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > [LMB] Also Gregor: childhood friendships
> > Pamela Weber pp.weber at gmail.com
> > Mon Nov 9 21:08:11 GMT 2015
> > 
> > 
> > PW:  I've always wondered about how very isolated and solitary Gregor's life was
> > up to his twenties.
> > 
> > 
> > LMB:  A lot less solitary than you are evidently picturing.
> > 
> > Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, especially in a novel, which must have a constrained scope and tight focus (or otherwise it would be an encyclopedia.  And so, by the way, are encyclopedias.  Wikipedia less so.)
> > 
> > Henri Vorvolk gets mentioned in passing; we may assume there are others, not named.  Gregor's intimates are not many, to be sure, but the rest of them you will have to make up for yourselves, I'm afraid.  On the whole, for all that he gets run through many mass public occasions, his favorite social events are small, intimate dinner parties or the like with a selection of bright lights that he can induce to talk to each other, while he listens.
> > 
> > The child-Gregor is a blank slate open for speculation, I suppose. (Though I expect the child-Gregor would also much have preferred small groups to large ones.)  But the Imperial Residence would certainly not be _less_ lively and busy a venue than Vorkosigan House, if with tighter security.  Especially in the first 5 - 6 years when the Lord Regent and his traveling circus were in, er, residence.
> > 
> > Ta, L.
> 
> --
> 
> No doubt he had ImpSec vetted playmates. But they all knew he was Emperor. Can’t really
> pretend he is “one of the guys” after a certain point. Your hands are between his, as it
> were.

Unless it's Miles. To whom "Emperor" means "Big play toy!"
 		 	   		  


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