Free (enough) Will (was: Dragaera and Shakespeare)

Sat Feb 22 18:25:31 PST 2003

On Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:14:50 -0800 (PST), you wrote:

>On Sat, 22 Feb 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:
>> As I said, I think that House *does* influence behavior.  That's what I mean
>> when I say that you *can* reasonably stereotype a Dragaeran house without
>> necessarily indulging in bigotry.  The question is how *much* influence does
>> House have.
>This is something we're not likely to be able to evaluate on the basis of
>another ten or twenty books, many of which will presumably spend time
>introducing small numbers of individuals from Houses we know little about.
>I suspect part of SKZB's interest in placing an Easterner in this
>House-dominated world is to show some of the advantages of not having
>too determined a nature - Vlad is able to function at the level he does
>in part by being able to think or act like a Yendi when needed, or a
>Phoenix, etc.

Personally, I think some of the available evidence enables us to draw
the conclusion that House is a major influence in general behaviour,
but not specific.  Basically, the fact that /everyone/ we meet seems
to accept completely that members of a House will behave a certain
way, with no discussion of seriously trying to overcome fate or

>As an aside, Sethra is part Dzur, right?  It would be nice to see her
>in full hero-mode.

Is she part Dzur, or pre-House?  I could never get that straight.  In
POTD, she speaks to Tazendra of things that only a Dzur would know,
but attributes that knowledge to a friendship with Gyorg.



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