[LMB] Penric's Demon discussion: Good intentions
M. Haller Yamada
thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 17 07:08:38 BST 2019
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, the old chestnut goes.
“Oh, Pen, why ever did you . . . ?” his mother flung at him.
“I . . . I didn’t . . .” Pen’s hands waved.
“I thought the old lady was sick!” Which had been, well, not wrong.
“I was just trying to help!”
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Penric's Demon . Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
This is Penric in a nutshell. Always trying to help, but the consequences of
helping quickly get beyond him.
I'm sure we all feel the same way sometimes. Have you had a time
when you only met to help, but it turned into a disaster before
getting any better?
I can't remember anything that was a disaster, but I remember once
being in a immigration line with a lady from the Caribbean, and she
was having trouble getting the Japanese officials to understand her.
I stayed to help translate.
I finally got out, and my husband (who was in the line for Japanese
passport holders) scolded me; still, we didn't miss our flight, so I
don't feel bad at all for that one.
I can think of a few translating adventures that could have turned out
very, very badly -- like helping a pregnant lady communicate with the
doctors. Thinking back, oof, the hubris I had. She wound up on bedrest,
so she really needed the help. Everything worked out OK in the end,
though. Healthy baby, healthy mom!
I don't think Penric regrets taking on Desdemona, either. Bemused by
other's reactions sometimes, but never regretful. (Maybe during his
medical apprenticeship, though.)
More information about the Lois-Bujold