mfbrandi Posted November 14, 2022 Report Share Posted November 14, 2022 Maybe Orlanth still thinks he is living boy-meets-girl or the “little tailor”, but you’d think some part of him would twig that he is in plot three: Quote The man-who-learned-better; just what it sounds like—the story of a man who has one opinion, point of view, or evaluation at the beginning of the story, then acquires a new opinion or evaluation as a result of having his nose rubbed in some harsh facts. (Apologies for the androcentrism; this is Heinlein in 1947.) Now there is more than one way to take Storm’s breaking the world and subsequently signing up to Arachne Solara’s compromise with death, evil, and entropy — a compromise in which a thinning world slowly slides back into the chaos from which it emerged. One could say that in the world of time, all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, and I have a deal of sympathy with that view. But I don’t think that is the take of Orlanth or the Orlanthi, who continue to rail against (at least two of) the forces they and their kin unleashed, twisted, and created (i.e. death, chaos, and the devil). So among the other aspects, wouldn’t we expect to see a cult of Orlanth Penitent, worshipping an Orlanth in sackcloth and ashes who is very very sorry? Is there such a cult (or something similar)? If not, is that because neither the Orlanthi nor the Big O his bad self did learn better, or is it because they have another spin on Oedipal regicide and resurrection which enables all concerned to keep their heads held proudly high? I bet some of you have imaginative, illuminating, and entertaining takes on this; hit us with them. 3 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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