(urth) Long Review Essay --Able's character
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Thu Sep 20 08:44:37 PDT 2007
On Sep 20, 2007, at 7:59 AM, Bob Miller wrote:
> From the trust and chance given by the Valfather he became more
> than he was--bullying brawler on one hand and sex slave to a
> creature of moss and twigs on the other.
Here's an odd thought: the story of Disiri and Able is directly
parallel to that of Lara and Green in _There Are Doors_. The
resemblance is strong enough that I think Wolfe was revisiting the idea.
The stories are very different, but this idea is fundamental to
both: "goddess" unworthy of worship seduces an earthly male, who is
thereafter bound to her, searching, faithful, and unrewarded.
In _There Are Doors_, Green is saved, in some sense, by becoming
capable of love, even if only eros for an erotic pagan goddess.
In _The Wizard Knight_, Able's love is, at the end, able even to
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