Date Posted:11:45:36 05/24/10 Mon Author:jayn Subject: William's concern seems to be that he is a bastard. Remember how upset he was when Jamie called him that (in Voyager, when William spooked the horses and Jamie wasn't "fond of you either, ye little bastard" William was very upset, shrieking "take it back") Perhaps William isn't really surprised to learn that Ellesmere was not his father. Maybe, when he calms down, given his good memories of 'Mac', then just maybe he will accept Jamie a tiny bit more easily. In reply to:
's message, "New Book 8 excerpt" on 08:45:49 05/24/10 Mon
But also, I think a huge issue Willie is dealing with -- EXACTLY as Bree did -- is a sudden lack of confidence in his own identity. Up to this point, he knew exactly who he was. But now, in an instant, that knowledge is completely demolished. That would be terrifying for any young person, I'm sure, but perhaps doubly terrifying for Willie, considering that he has derived so much from his previous identity: his rank and station in society, his wealth, his education, etc. It's not quite the same as a peasant lad suddenly learning that he's not the son of Farmer Joe, but rather of Farmer Fred.
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Now I'll go and spoil it for us. DG said that William only said 'bastard' as a general swear word, he hasn't yet realized he is one. Oh well, he will. *G* -- jayn, 15:34:26 05/27/10 Thu