swreader wrote: But it is important to consider what Escrow stands for and why it let itself be used as well as how it fits into the whole of the book.
I hope that you all are ready to stop re-hashing Granny and turn to other elements of the book by now. I'll have much more to say later (as will Tony I'm sure).
Can't abide people tellin' others when to stop re-rehashing Granny. We'll stop re-hashing Granny when we're good and ready to stop re-hashing Granny and not a moment before.
But your comments about much of this being Pterry's commentary on ethnic cleansing and the subservience of populations to charismatic leaders is spot on. Escrow is a microcosm of cities (and countries) that through fear and force, become sheeplike in their obedience. There is nothing cowardly about this--it's as basic as human nature and probably embedded in our 'selfish genes.'
BTW, am I missing something about you and Tony? You're in Tucson, he spends some of this time in Tucson. Out of the handful of Yank DW participants on this board, two of them are in Arizona? Is this a coincidence or something totally more sinister?