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2016 - ARCHIVED > Golden Fool - Chapters 12-15

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message 1: by John (last edited Oct 28, 2016 12:00AM) (new)

John | 219 comments Just on the face of it, the political marriage/alliance of the Outislanders and the Six Duchies looks advantageous to both parties: the move would establish new trade connections with the north to help replace the revenue from the loss of business in the south because of the ongoing Bingtown - Chalcid States war; and it could potentially help end centuries of conflict between the duchies and the Outislanders. But ultimately, it doesn't really make much sense.

The Narcheska is from one island among many in the very loosely confederated Outislander domain, so this political marriage may have very little impact in how the other island entities interact with the Six Duchies; there is still a great amount of bitterness in the Six Duchies over the recent Red Ships wars, which featured incredibly savage invasions by the Outislanders, most especially including the forging of Six Duchies inhabitants, which was only curable by having those afflicted killed. Also, only the father and maternal uncle have accompanied the Narcheska to the betrothal; where is the mother, who wields the actual political power in the family, and who would have to sign off on allowing the Narcheska to live with her husband's family instead of with her mother's family, as is customary among her people?

Then Fitz witnesses the torturing tattoos on Elliania, and the sinister influence of the supposed servant woman who is with them, and it seems apparent that there is some sort of kidnapping plot going on here( likely involving the mother as victim), and the entire stated purpose of the Outislanders to enter into this betrothal as a way of forming a new bond between their respective realms, is only a sham, to what true ends one could only speculate. This should be a deal breaker, and the Narcheska's party should be sent packing.

The Bingtown Traders do make an effort to enlist the Six Duchies in their war with the Chalcedeans, but they perform dismally. Serilla seems to lose control of her people during the presentation; they talk of a war aimed at the partitioning and annexation of the Chalcid States, which offends Kettricken's peace-making sensibilities( she was, after all, the driving force in the peace entreaties with the Outislanders); and worst of all, they failed to impress by not having Tintaglia show up to prove that they do, in fact, have a dragon in alliance with them. It's one thing to have Selden there looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and doing his best to tout the great dragon, but quite another to have an actual talking dragon address the assemblage in person (like she did in Bingtown).

Jek, like she often does, blunders into Lord Golden's apartment and inadvertently precipitates the Big Reveal that readers have been waiting for since the end of Livetraders. Not only does Fitz find out about the Fool's alter ego, Amber, but he learns about Amber's romantic homage to him as carved on the face of Paragon. This all eventually culminates in an argument between Fitz and the Fool about their relationship and exhibits how one's feelings and emotions often color their judgement and mislead them.

Fitz is prone to melancholy and anxiety as a chronic temperamental trait to begin with, and when an emotionally charged situation emerges, he did what many of a neurotic predisposition do, which is affix the blame for their distress to something other than it's actual cause. He thinks that the Fool's never-acknowledged sexual orientation, and his apparent romantic attachment to Fitz( both of which Fitz has probably known or suspected for a long time), are what are bothering him, but I think it is something else, of a related nature.

When Lord Golden kissed Civil Bresinga, it helped get him and Tom extricated from a delicate situation, but is also began a flurry of rumors about both Golden and Tom that Fitz has heard from Dutiful and Starling, and perceived more vaguely ( like in the steam baths), namely, that Golden and Tom were lovers. This is especially vexing for Fitz, as it is not his place as Tom, the servant of Lord Golden, to set the record straight( and possibly, in being so straight forward and honest, reveal too much about Golden and himself, that might expose them as frauds, and link them to their actual identities as Fitz and the Fool); and also, the notion of there being a sexual relationship between Golden and his servant is not one that they as spies would want to correct for the reason that it lends a certain consistency and credence to their respective guises, particularly the perception of Golden as a worldly and sophisticated Jamaillian nobleman with many eccentricities( perhaps including same-sex preferences).

So Fitz is at a loss in trying to fix that public perception. But instead of seeing this as the real source of his discomfort, Fitz has mistakenly focused his attention on the Fool's sexual orientation, and on his romantic interest in Fitz( neither of which the Fool has ever brought to bear or imposed on in any way during their friendship), and made a referendum of them, even to suggest maybe the Fool should devote his affections to the lady who places nosegays on his tray every day, as if to say that by the Fool then having romantic relationships with women from now on, their friendship can resume as before. By implying this, Fitz has insulted and abused the fundamental integrity of the Fool's sense of who he himself is, at the core of his soul.

This has left bruised feelings on both sides, and if there is nothing else for Fitz to realize from this experience, it is that it is ultimately only for him to find a way to effect a meaningful and subtle apology to save their friendship.

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Abner | 90 comments So the doom of Valyria ahem.... I mean the cataclysm that extinguished the dragons was an earthquake that triggered a volcano eruption and destroyed the cities of the Elderings. Jek mentioned Amber, why didnt Fitz asked who the fuck is Amber in the first place???? I would have certainly reacted this way. Jek intermediately recognized that Amber carved Fitz in paragon hahaha holy crap what a clusterf*k.
Now the secret that the fool is in love with Fitz is out!!!! not surprising, we have known this since AQ
So Althea is pregnant Malta has lost two children for now, not surprising considering all they went through.

What is the connection between Fitz and Tintaglia???? I think they are def connected in some way, Fitz and Tintaglia or Tintaglia and Nettle, but there is something here a more meaningful connection than Selden's or Reyn have with the dragon.

Dang that conversation was gut wrenching, is the classic "they are friends but one of then is in love with the other and is not corresponded" but still, it was good, I know they will make up in the end but emotions are running high here.

I do agree with Kettricken here, Nettle should be prepared if anything is to happen to Dutiful (I somehow suspect they will be in love and Fitz won't be able to explain to Kettricken why the can't be together without betraying that Fitz is Dutiful's father too, omg what I'm saying lol). It's almost the same that Shrewd did with Fitz, if anything happened to the Farseer true born, Fitz would be plan B and ready to go.

What I'm most exited about this trilogy is Fitz meeting Tintaglia and Nettle, and see how Dutiful and Nettle develop as they grow up with their father as master and teacher.

message 3: by John (new)

John | 219 comments Abner wrote: "So the doom of Valyria ahem.... I mean the cataclysm that extinguished the dragons was an earthquake that triggered a volcano eruption and destroyed the cities of the Elderings. Jek mentioned Amber..."

I think that Fitz would prefer to confront Jek about her strange statements about Amber and his own supposed relationship to this person he's never heard of, but he has to operate in the role of Tom Badgerlock, manservant to Lord Golden, and so must remain deferential and avoid saying or doing anything that may offend or be considered not his place to engage in, especially with an associate of his master, who moreover is part of a diplomatic mission from a foreign nation.

He has a similar situation when he runs into Selden in a passageway; Fitz always stays in the character of Tom, even while knowing that both he and Selden realize that they both possess the Skill, and that Selden is also correct in his suspicions when he is confronting Fitz about his having dreams of Tintaglia. But Fitz (Tom) refuses to acknowledge this every time, yet always expresses things in a dignified and respectful manner, as he must to a visiting ambassadorial attache`that his betters would not wish to insult or affront as an honored guest of Buckkeep.

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