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Author Topic: Donal Haldane  (Read 2242 times)

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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2017, 01:35:49 am »
I do not remember any explanation being given as to why the Council were more afraid of Jessamy than her brother. It may have been that she had the potential to be a more powerful Deryni than he. However I suspect that it simply reflects the fact, reflected sadly but accurately by KK,  that medieval women with power (of any sort) attracted more fear and hostility than their male counterparts.  The Council had their own preoccupations but they were operating in a cultural climate which had an obsessive need to control women's sexuality, a toxic mix for poor Jessamy. Alyce would not necessarily have fared any better except for the sheer goodness of Kenneth Morgan.

I always felt sorry for Jessamy. I was glad that Princess Dulchesse, at least, was kind to her. But the Camberian Council showed extraordinarily little understanding or imagination in their treatment of this newly orphaned girl. In fact, they treated her with suspicion that was wholly unwarranted since she was clearly no part in her father's experiment while THEY were. And, as you noted, they treated her brother far better.   It was too much of a stretch for them to try a little kindness and patience with her? They couldn't understand she was scared and grieving?  If Jessamy had little liking, trust or loyalty toward the CC, then I think they had only themselves to blame for her attitude toward them. They never really tried to win it. They never even asked themselves why their tactics weren't working.

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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2017, 11:07:42 am »
Keep in mind also how careful they were with Jessamy's children, wasn't the eldest in a CC "arranged" marriage to Michon DeCourcey's son? And another "safely" placed in a religious convent?
If my memory is correct the CC treated Morian better because he had always followed the CC's directions and served them through his government duties while giving them intelligence while performing those duties.
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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2017, 11:27:39 am »
I've started re-reading ITKS and there it is explicitly said that the CC were able to "get" to Morian earlier than they could to Jessamy. Maybe it wasn't as easy for Morian as it appears.
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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2017, 08:02:35 am »
I'm just re-reading the "In The King's Service" trilogy and I'm not sure that Morian really did get much better treatment. The CC are seen congratulating themselves that they have successfully kept him away from Court all these years, by persuading Donal that Morian can best serve as the King's Agent in Meara, where there is at best simmering resentment and at worse open insurrection and Deryni are openly hated. Yes, Morian has a happy family life but he is murdered as an act of bitter revenge, simply for who he is. In effect he lives his entire life in exile and at the end the royal house he has served faithfully is unable to protect him, although that is hardly the young King Brion's fault.


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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2017, 11:20:51 pm »
Has it ever been explained just what Jessamy's & Morian's father was  trying to do?
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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2017, 06:00:04 am »
Has it ever been explained just what Jessamy's & Morian's father was  trying to do?

I don't think so, no, because Lewys ap Norfal and anyone who was with him when he was doing whatever it was weren't around to tell the tale afterwards (I believe it says in canon that they vanished, as in, there weren't even bodies to bury, so heaven knows what happened to them), and I rather got the impression that he didn't tell anyone who wasn't going to be working with him when he performed whatever operation he was trying to do what his plans were.
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Re: Donal Haldane
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2017, 09:02:19 am »
Thanks! I didn't think so, but I was just kind of coasting along for years.
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