Methuselah’s Daughter, Part 2, Chapter 14

July 10th, 2007

Chapter 14 is up at This chapter is a bit incongruous, given where it’s located and what happens in it, but both Dean and I liked it too much to cut it. It’s the first point in the book where the reader learns there’s more to Zsallia than just arrogance and fear- she’s a barbarian at heart, she’s just learned to be civilized for sake of convenience. She recognizes the benefits of civilization and would never suggest a return to what some might call a more ‘natural’ human state, but when confronted with aggression she prefers to respond in kind.

There’s actually a follow-up to this chapter on the blog, titled “Why do you carry a gun?”. I’m thinking of working it into the third edition of the book because it puts much of her attitude towards the modern world, and her notions of personal responsibility, into perspective.

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