But even having lived in several different Darkovan cultures would n't really prepare Jaelle to adapt to what must be a VERY varied palette of cultures in the Terran Empire.
Of course, it does n't help either of them that they 're in delayed threshold sickness, and neither of them really grew up in a telepathic culture.The feminist elements naturally take the foreground here, but the clashes between Darkovan and Empire values are perhaps best illustrated by the ailure of the Terran bureaucrats to understand the importanc of Jaelle taking PERSONAL responsibility in a matter which the Terrans would consider one of professional responsibility only.
Unless or until THAT issue is cleared up, there are bound to continue to be misunderstandings ( and even clashes) .Some afterthoughts: It may be ore of a reflection of the time the ook was written that the culture of the Terran Empire is represented as being so implacably homophobic.
The Terrans who go 'over the wall' are not particularly more likely to escape cultural misunderstandings in homosexual than in heterosexual relationships, especially if what they 're looking for is not an affair, but a long-term relationship.
If they do n't get answers when they first ask " Why? ", most people may just stop asking ... but I doubt it.I did n't actually delineate yet that this volume is divided into three 'books': I CONFLICTING OATHS; II SUNDERING; and III OUTGROWTH.
It would help, by the way, if there was a simple notation ( a Table of Contents, maybe?) showing on what page the second and third 'books' begin.In terms of timing, this book begins right after the beginnin of The Shattered Chain.
His son Danvan Hastur, ( who is preeminent in many later books), is still a very talente man ... scarcely more than a child.The Shattered Chain ends with an attempt by the Renunciates to establish a way to negotiate labor and other collaboration with the Terrans.
Although the misplaced Russ Montray is probably the worst possible representative of the Terran Empire ( Jaelle wonders why the advanced civilization of the Terrans would send such an incompetent to Darkover -- but she does n't really catch the insulting implication that it 's because, though the Darkovans care very much about the Terrans, the Terrans really do n't care uch about Darkover), his staff are often rather better representatives of the Empire as a whole.
Margali has few interactions with Comyn ( except Jaelle, of course), until the nd of the books.
During the course of this essay, the long-frail Gabriel of Ardais dies, and the incredibly long-lived Kyril Ardais ( who was about 25 at the time) becomes Warden of Ardais, despite Rohana 's attempts to get him to accept a regency.
Later accounts describe his behavior as not only scandalous ( he 's considered dissolute and at least a potential rapist -- which seems likely, given his behavior toward Jaelle), but also so unstable that he 's later confined under house arrest, while his son takes over as Regent.
Was it never even mooted to her? One thing I 've noted in all these books: when people have hallucinations, especially under the influence of kireseth, those hallucinations tend to be both clairvoyant and precognitive.
Valdir would probably have been about 12 or 13 by the time the book ends.