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Which is your favorite princess?
Elega
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Torrent
11%
 11%  [ 3 ]
Myste
88%
 88%  [ 23 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Myste by a mile.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really not surprised that Myste's been winning this poll by a landslide over all these years. She has the best philosophy: Problems should be solved by those who see them. If there's one line in all the pages of Mordant's Need that I best remember, that's the one!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I might want to revive this thread once more, and provide some quotes about the three princesses of Mordant that we meet. Chronological order of the quotes will not be a serious concern, though, because I think I would like to start with Torrent first.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

go for it Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

go for it Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do!
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Will do! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wink I'll get to it pretty soon, I promise!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Chapter 36 of A Man Rides Through was wrote:
Terisa turned in time to see King Joyse and Queen Madin's second daughter close the door behind her and approach the fire.

Torrent's carriage and downcast eyes and demure gown conveyed two impressions almost simultaneously: first, she was so shy that she made Myste and Elega seem as extroverted as mountebanks; and second, despite her shyness, she was nearly the image of her mother. She could have been Queen Madin's shadow: they were as alike as reflections of each other. Only her mother's decisiveness was missing, her mother's assurance.

"Torrent," the Queen said, "here are Geraden and the lady Terisa of Morgan. They have a great deal to tell us. She has done something all the Masters of the Congery together could not do. She has made him an Imager."

Torrent paused among the chairs. The gaze which she raised beneath her lashes was at once so hesitant and so full of wonder that Terisa blushed involuntarily.

"Under the circumstances," Geraden muttered humorously--perhaps for Torrent's benefit, perhaps for Terisa's--"I don't think that's much of a compliment. The only benefit I've gotten from the change is that now people want to kill me.

"My lady Torrent," he went on, "I'm glad to see you. When you and the Queen left Orison, I didn't think I'd ever have that privilege again."

"Oh, 'privilege,' Geraden." Torrent spoke as if she, too, were blushing; yet her cheeks remained pale, untouched. "You're making fun of me."

Before he could reply--perhaps so that he wouldn't have a chance to reply--she came abruptly toward Terisa. Facing Terisa as if holding her chin up were an act of courage, she said, "I'm sure Mother has made you welcome, my lady, but let me welcome you also. Grandfather--the Fayle--told us everything he knew about you, but it only made us more curious. I'm afraid we'll exhaust you with questions."

"Please." Terisa had no idea why she was blushing. She made a special effort to speak calmly, comfortably, to put Torrent at ease. "Call me Terisa. Both Myste and Elega do."

That brought a smile to Torrent's face, a lift of self-confidence. "Do you know Myste and Elega? I suppose you must, since you've been in Orison. Are you friends? How are they?" After an instant of hesitation, a quick glance at Queen Madin, she asked, "And Father? How is he?"

"Torrent," the Queen said both kindly and firmly, "we must sit down. If we do not, Geraden and the lady Terisa will remain standing all night."

In a convincing imitation of a woman with no will of her own, Torrent immediately sat down in the nearest chair.


Meeting Torrent like this for the first time, she seems to have little self-confidence. Yet I think the clause a convincing imitation of a woman with no will of her own tells us that Torrent is capable of being very determined when she is convinced that she's right. She has doubts about her father's actions, and doubts the wisdom of staying away from Orison, but doesn't doubt herself as much as I first assumed. She just needs more facts than other characters in order to arrive at a decision.

Torrent's lack of self-aggrandizement makes her more appealing to me than Elega, because Torrent does not rush to judgment, proclaiming her opinions as if they were undisputable facts. Instead, she tries to get the facts before making a judgment.

Nevertheless, Torrent lacks Myste's level of passion for believing in the good side of people, which makes Myste seem more visionary and courageous than Torrent, at least at this moment in the story. It's still no surprise to me that Myste is winning this thread's poll quite easily.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, Torrent doesn't actually blush. Her cheeks remain pale, untouched.

Does she take on girly mannerisms and implements (her famous toy she still sleeps with) as a gesture of support for her mother? Maybe this is too conspiracy theoryish though.
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