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That is an interesting point, that perhaps the ability to feel and show compassion and the ability to understand or receive compassion are linked. That says something very deep to me about the wounds that sin (ours and others’) inflict and our need for redemption. Compassionlessness is a cycle which is hard to break. What will break it but love? It can be hard to love, but we all need to love and we all need to be loved.
I love what you’ve said about Leeli being able to love despite tension, and about others’ willingness to sacrifice for her. Do you suppose these ideas are linked also? I know someone else from another story who seems to have that same effect on people, and I never thought of it until now.
This makes me think of 2 Corinthians 1, where Paul says that God comforts us in our afflictions and we are therefore able to comfort others.
A timely reminder for me as well, Miss Linda. I think I’ll put a Do Not Disturb sign on my office door. These arcane tomes aren’t going to study themselves. 😉 Good old Shank Po! I hope you have an enjoyable and productive afternoon, and thanks for all your wonderfully distracting thoughts. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed reading them.
Ha! I love that one! That’s Bimm Stack. I believe that quote can be found in Never Do Something You’re Good at for Free, Unless You’re Nice.February 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm in reply to: Andrew's sly sneakery REVEALED! Or, Who wants to be a Durgan? #1875
There are a lot of really interesting names in the Lineage of Kings (appendices, The Monster in the Hollows). Tumnus Button: A clever combination of Tumnus the Faun from Narnia and Fin Button from A.S. Peterson’s The Fiddler’s Gun. (There’s an Arundel Button in there, too.) Tollers Greensmith—that’d be a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien; his friends called him Tollers. Leeli Dillard—she must be named for Annie Dillard, the writer; Andrew has said that her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek had a profound effect on him.
Did I miss anyone?
That makes perfectly good sense to me. Andrew did once say that he wrote the books with an English accent. He didn’t say what sort of English accent. 😉
I appreciate you following up with us about this. This is the way discussions go—someone says something, which reminds someone else of something, and before you know it some of us are on a whole different topic. I think that’s fine (and part of the fun), unless somebody ends up feeling like they aren’t being heard. And it’s pretty easy to not realize it when we’ve made people feel left behind. So again, thank you for following up with us to let us know you’re okay about this conversation. I hope we can develop a good community here where, if someone does feel like they’ve been talked over, they can say so and we can make it right. That’ll take some work, but I think it’s worth it, and I’m glad you brought it up.
You know, I would never in a million years have thought that Dugtown might collapse into the Strander tunnels. Your brain is different from mine. That’s what makes conversation so exciting. What a fascinating thought.February 20, 2015 at 9:10 am in reply to: Andrew's sly sneakery REVEALED! Or, Who wants to be a Durgan? #1871
Yes! I laughed out loud when I ran into that one. 🙂
When I was reading the earlier books, I assumed Armulyn was from Anniera, too. But I loved that he wasn’t. It made the parallel between him and Rich that much stronger. What we’ve had and lost shapes us, but what we’ve never had and yet long for shapes us, too. His whole imagination was taken up with Anniera because he so wanted the stories to be true. And the fact that his songs made everyone homesick is just proof that they were. As C.S. Lewis says, the fact that we experience hunger is proof that there is such a thing as food.
Can I help you? 😉
Here are a couple of things that I treasure.
Learning, and not having to be perfect while I practice.
Friends—relationships with people who don’t have to hang out with me, but want to.
Trust.February 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm in reply to: Andrew's sly sneakery REVEALED! Or, Who wants to be a Durgan? #1864
You guys are catching some really fun things. 🙂
I love this question. 🙂
How about the need for community? Think of the way shame causes isolation, which causes fear and more shame. Eventually, when these things aren’t dealt with, they also cause characters to lose their humanity to one degree or another.
Now contrast that with Podo learning that he is loved and accepted, and with Nia’s constant encouragement: “Remember who you are.” We need each other.
Hi, Janner! Welcome to the forum. 🙂
You might be interested in the discussion happening over here. It’s all about the question of what happens to Janner.
And I quite agree about Andrew’s music. 🙂 Do you have any favorite songs?
Tyler, thank you so much for sharing that. I’m sorry about your grandmother. We do not mourn like those who have no hope—but we do mourn. Thank God for the sure hope of resurrection.