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"It's all right, don't be afraid. It's just the Bull." Oh you silly, silly man.

"His smile wriggled at their feet like a hopeful puppy." Heh, Beagle does have a nice turn of phrase scattered throughout.

"Get a magician today!" What is this, a used car lot? Oh Schmendrick, you're so refreshingly inept.

Anyhow, I don't have much else to say really on specifics, just that this is definitely an interesting chapter. What does Haggard know or guess? Well, obviously something of the truth, but why he does what he does is beyond us. Maybe it's just Fate. Or the Story.

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khedron
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Name time! Lír (or Llyr) is the god of the sea, or the sea personified, and father of Mannanan mac Lir the hero. Amalthea is a goat (or a nymph?) who was the foster-mother of Zeus. Even better, apparently one of her horns is broken off to become the cornucopia, which means she's also a one-horned goat.

Good job, P.S.B.

Meanwhile, Haggard is ... haggard. Not sure what else to say about that.

When I first read this, Mabruk was really scary and imposing. He still is, a bit, but he's so quickly handled. Or maybe I just read through it too quickly last night. I did really like, "I would explain myself more fully, but I am no longer in your service." Nyah. I also liked that being a magician means you can make your mocking laughter live on in a corner of the room forever. Don't meddle in the affairs of wizards!

Oh, speaking of the Mabruk scene, the length of Amalthea's fingers was mentioned, and there was some superstition about that... right, there's a lot of stuff and bother about the length of the ring finger and testosterone and orientation. A palmistry site I found says that when your ring finger is as long as your middle finger, you're inclined to take great risks. I could see that being the intent.

(Random: "Of the Ring-finger", 1672)

Wanting to write poems is more dangerous than being struck down by a wind! I believe it.
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