On Wed, 19 Feb 2003, David Silberstein wrote: (accidentally misordered to agree more with me) > On Tue, 18 Feb 2003, Philip Hart wrote: > > I think it's because they are so close that Loiosh's comments are > capable of being embarrassing. They've shared each others' brains > (and sometimes I think that might be a literal explanation of the > witch-familiar bond) for so long that certain types of remarks are all > the more likely to hit a sensitive area. I think viewing V-L as a joint mind reinforces my (wrong) interpretation of the embarrassment. I know my failings/weaknesses/venalities but I'm not internally embarrassed about them. As a side note my dictionary emphasizes the "hindered" sense of "embarrassed" and barely mentions what I would call the main sense - "awareness of publicly scratching one's crotch". > Well, I suppose it's that, more often than not, now that I think about > it. Vlad probably has more reason to feel annoyed more often than > embarrassed, although he seems to have a good poker face most of the > time. Re Vlad's poker (what's the game with Fire and Water cards from _PG_?) face, in _Orca_ he's spent years away from people, esp. the last one, and has presumably lost some of his guardedness.