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Date Posted: 16:13:48 02/05/09 Thu
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: What's the point of the duel?
In reply to: Stef 's message, "Re: What's the point of the duel?" on 13:15:23 01/25/09 Sun

Hi Stef, thanks for your insights on Paulie. Perhaps Thompson changed Paulie’s name from Sykes to Oster to signal these Amazon characteristics.
Why do you suppose Mary goes along with the whole thing?

The relationship between her and Paulie receives surprisingly little attention. People focus most on Paulie (and we all love Paulie, of course); Mary usually gets shrift as her loyal sidekick. Their relationship is full of dark, Freudian symbolism though.

Here’s an interpretation as Greek tragedy (with a touch of Brothers Grimm)…
Mary is the innocent child cast out from her home, abandoned by her father in a scary world because of the jealousy of her (evil) stepmother. King Paulie finds the frightened waif in her realm. She and her queen, Victoria, adopt the child and make her a home. Later, Paulie finds another child abandoned on her lands, adopts it and makes a home for it too. She now has two (animal) children: the mouse and the hawk.

Paulie, though, violates her responsibility as a parent. One night, to make the hawk stronger, she feeds a mouse (her bright child) to the hawk (her dark child). The gods immediately punished her for this moral transgression. Her country is invaded by stinking goblins with warty feet and her queen stolen from her. The End [of part one, at least]

Thanks again,

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