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Yes yes Lir. You and your poems you already have written are SO going to live without hope. Poor boy.

Now I'm all curious as to whether miracle and mirror do have the same origin. I'm suspecting this was made up, especially since he's obviously wrong about the spelling, but I don't know! Why *would* they?

Gazelle and asphodel? Please, do not let Lir ever write poems to me!

It's a bit odd that he's holding her with his gaze as he's held chimeras and griffins (as he spells it), when she's actually a mythical creature much like them. So... it's fitting?

And something blooms between Amalthea and the Prince, and the King is still... Haggard. In all ways. And poor Molly Grue, yeesh. He really does pile the work on her, doesn't he?

I had forgotten so much happens in this one chapter, because we also learn where the unicorns are kept. Which is really stupid of King Haggard, but hey. I guess if he truly has no fear, then there's nothing to keep him from pulling stupid moves like telling your target of the location of her quest?

Anyhow, have at it!

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stormfeather
Apr. 27th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Beagle just likes screwing all around with tradition, doesn't he?

Then there's also the princess-and-the-frog type thing, which is another sort of inversion from this, in that here it's the "princess," not the prince, it's a more beautiful form rather than an uglier one, and it's the human form that's the "wrong" one. And, of course, she doesn't *want* to be touched in any way.

(I did mean to mention at some point by the way that I did totally wonder at the start if you'd be using this particular icon for this book's discussion. ;) )
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khedron
Apr. 27th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Now I'm all curious as to whether miracle and mirror do have the same origin. I'm suspecting this was made up, especially since he's obviously wrong about the spelling, but I don't know! Why *would* they?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, they do. miracle, mirror.
stormfeather
Apr. 27th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Now that's just... huh. I actually did bother to look on more normal online dictionaries, but they didn't go that far back. Didn't even realize there was an online etymology dictionary.
khedron
Apr. 27th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about it either, I just guessed one might have sprouted up since the last time I looked. ;-) It's no OED (which is subscription only), but that was good enough for me.
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