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Cassie
October 3, 2018 – 03:38 PM

Poor Shus, tasked with keeping this whole thing from blowing up.

Also, Dru is not dangerous?? REALLY GUYS? (Not to Iylaine, I know, I know, and they’re trying to reassure Egelric and Iylaine and Malcolm, but still…)

Cassie
September 28, 2018 – 11:01 AM

Hm! I don’t know that I ever noticed Lar’s reference to the depravity of Dru and Ris before.

Cassie
September 26, 2018 – 05:31 PM

I never was terribly fond of Brude…seems he never cared much for Flann until he found out she was pregnant and therefore something more than an ordinary human woman. He thinks himself pretty above the normal humans (which is somewhat understandable, but still doesn’t make him a great option for poor Flann.)

Cassie
September 25, 2018 – 09:32 PM

Poor Dasi! And Lar was not able to keep that promise! :cry:

Cassie
September 25, 2018 – 03:10 PM

This chapter is another painful tug-​of-​war for Iylaine’s relationship with elves and men – she goes to Kiv so happy to see him, to connect to her heritage and feel closer to both that part of herself and to Vash, eager to see him integrated into her life even if Vash can’t be – and leaves reaffirming her connection to Malcolm as the father of her children, especially as Kiv casts her as a “good Christian woman,” further setting her apart from the elves.

Poor Iylaine! How did the elves not understand what they were condemning her to?

Cassie
September 24, 2018 – 08:34 PM

I wonder what Lothere would have looked like if we’d lost Alred but not Matilda. It’s hard to imagine. (One ripple of many, of course. Obviously Leof being saved is the reason for…just about everything.)

Cassie
September 20, 2018 – 10:24 AM

Yeah this light-​hearted chapter is actually…really important for all of these people. And in some cases really important way, way beyond just these people. Kind of wild.

Cassie
September 19, 2018 – 09:22 PM

So beautiful. I love the newly-​ponytailed Dunstan taking his steps into maturity. “The friend he loved most was getting married today” is a line that has really stuck with me.

Cassie
September 10, 2018 – 06:04 PM

“Vin was a boy because he had to be!”

BUT WHY. What sort of elven prophecy or what-​have-​you were Iylaine and Finn supposed to fulfill? Why did Egelric have to be a part of it, especially since they clearly didn’t know about the special, uh, “Scot” (or sidhe) blood at this point? These questions will haunt me!

Cassie
September 10, 2018 – 08:26 AM

Leof’s finest son, indeed…

Cassie
September 8, 2018 – 10:42 PM

Alred does look rather more swoon-​worthy than usual in this chapter. :D

Cassie
September 5, 2018 – 10:08 PM

There aren’t a lot of platonic, non-​familial male-​female friendships in Lothere (understandably, given the times – Alred + Gunnilda and Iylaine + Bertie are the only ones I can think of at the moment), and Alred and Leila’s friendship was always really special.

Cassie
September 4, 2018 – 10:14 PM

She shouldn’t have to choose when she’s this young anyway! No one should have to choose between two such vital parts of themselves at such a young age! Especially one as emotionally volatile and with such baggage as Iylaine!

Ugh. Poor everyone.

Cassie
September 4, 2018 – 06:59 PM

He should not have promised her great love. It was a promise he couldn’t keep. But at this time he probably thought he could. :cry:

Cassie
September 2, 2018 – 09:54 PM

“He would find her if she had drowned, and they would bury her in the churchyard. And if Father Brandt would not allow it and buried her beside Elfleda, then Malcolm would move the churchyard wall stone by stone until they both lay within it.”

Oh, Malcolm!! :(

Cassie
September 1, 2018 – 09:53 PM

Oh, Alred…

His bitterness is painful to watch. But that part of him was always there, just underneath the surface. Like Egelric, he has real demons.

Cassie
August 31, 2018 – 10:34 PM

Poor Vash! :cry:

But if he had just told her! He was so certain that Malcolm could never really take Iylaine away from him!

God, I don’t know. These chapters with them hurt so much. Malcolm wanted her so badly, and he pushed until she gave in. Of course she loved him, but mostly because she wanted the stability that he could bring and the fact that he loved her above everyone else and consistently prioritized her, which she needed more than anything.

Of course she loved him. And she certainly knew him a lot better than she knew Vash, and he her. And it’s important that she got to choose him, when she was too young to have any choice with Vash. And yet! and yet!

Cassie
August 31, 2018 – 10:27 PM

It kills me how Alred was just saying how there would be so few women who would appreciate such a poem – and Hetty does! Hetty does! She understands! This beautiful, sensitive woman who Alred just kept underestimating, even after they were married! She didn’t need to be Alred’s one true love, she just needed to be loved.

Cassie
August 30, 2018 – 06:56 PM

I do often wonder what would have happened if Lili had gone after Alred instead – of course it’s true that he wouldn’t have been obligated to marry her, and she was pretty desperate and didn’t have a great deal of time. And she liked Egelric, I think.

I wonder if Egelric and Gunnilda would have eventually gotten together, or if Egelric just wasn’t in the right place for that at the time. Of course Alred and Lili would not have been compatible long-​term, and Egelric and Lili are one of my all-​time favorite Lothere couples. But it’s an interesting thought.

Cassie
August 29, 2018 – 11:47 AM

Yeah, that’s…not good, Malcolm. :(

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