[LMB] Penric's Demon: the second quarter

Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 13:13:11 BST 2020

I imagine that he found his love of reading in the Lady-school. Being the
youngest and least outdoorsy, it was probably a refuge for him.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 10:50 PM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> I think Tigney is suffering from frustration and overwork. Frustration in
> that a valuable demon wasn’t passed on properly. Added frustration in that
> his superiors will be unhappy. Add that Penric is already doing things that
> “just aren’t done.” Naming a demon, really?
> Not only is he supervising sorcerers he is training prospective sorcerers.
> One of which definitely has a bad attitude. But that may be in the next
> section.
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
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> Subject: [LMB] Penric's Demon: the second quarter
> Starting up the second quarter of Penric's Demon...
> Having slept well without fleas, Penric wakes up and tries playing with
> himself.  Desdemona comments, and Pen "couldn't be out on the road soon
> enough."  There's just no privacy, is there?  (And what would your sex
> life be like with a double handful of older sisters in your head?)
> On the road, they pass a number of ruined castles -- apparently the
> city of Martensbridge has been busy dealing with bandits/local lords/
> whatever-you-call-them for a while now.  Then they come in sight of
> Martensbridge itself (I wonder which of the three bridges is the
> eponymous one?), and Penric spends a while staring at it.  Then
> they get lost in the city streets, until Desdemona gives directions.
> I like the sign on the B*stard's house: "two hands painted white,
> loosely closed, one thumb pointing up and the other down."  The
> head divine, Learned Tigney, is not happy with the situation.
> Desdemona is not happy with Tigney either ("Cowardly demon-
> destroyer... we always thought him a prig.")  After the interview,
> Penric ends up exploring, and finds the library (always a good
> place to find!) and loves it.  One wonders where he acquired his
> love of reading from, though, if there was such a scarcity of
> reading material back home.  And he discovers he can read
> Cedonian... which does open the question of how much information
> flows between sorceror and demon, and where does the blending stop?
> Unfortunately books on demons are, well, restricted.  (The librarian
> in me shrieks; the theologian understands why.)  Penric picks up a
> bit more information conversing with the hastily-summoned Tigney.
> Do we get the feeling that Tigney isn't exactly positive about
> demons?  One wonders if this is personal experience with his own,
> or long experience of others' demons from being the bailiff, or
> just exasperation at Penric's situation?
> Anyway, more later.  The story isn't over.
> What did you think of Martensbridge?  Of Tigney?  And of Clee?
> Tony Z
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