Chapters 53-60. Questions by Allie.
1) We begin this section with a slightly happier topic, Eamonn and Brigitta’s wedding. Do you think this was a good idea, for Eamonn and Brigitta as well as for the people of Lucca? Assuming they both survive, how do you think it will go for them when they break the news to their families?
I thought it was kinda presumptuous of Lucius’s mom, just assuming they would want to be married. Maybe I’m applying today’s standards to it, but I’m always like “really?” when I read it.
But since they were down for it, I think it’s romantic. I think Eamonn’s mom will think it’s totally in keeping with his personality to marry someone on almost a whim during a siege, but I do think Brigitta’s family might have an issue with it.
2) Firestorm! Do you think this action was worth the sacrifices? In the words of Deccus Fulvius, do you think it is worth destroying something to save it?
I think Deccus might be being a bit dramatic. They’re not destroying Lucca. They are burning farm land. I am not a farmer, but I understand this is done sometimes even when a city is not under siege. So they can replant. But the olive trees, no. That was a bad idea. Olive trees take years to grow enough to bear fruit, and you can’t eat olives right off the trees anyway. (Also, same with the wheat, right? You need to process wheat, so it wouldn’t help the invading army because they wouldn’t be able to process and eat it. So why burn it?)
3) The d’Angeline delegation makes a deal for Imriel’s friends. Do you agree with the characters’ decisions on who would go and who would stay?
I guess it seems fair that foreigners, those who don’t have a dog in the fight, are allowed to leave. I’m not surprised that Eamonn, even though newly married, would want to stay with his friend.
4) Do you think that Gallus Tadius knew that his plan to funnel the water to the underworld would require him to also depart? Was that an act of self-sacrifice, or was it unintentional?
I think he knew. I think he knew he couldn’t stay forever anyway and reached a point where he knew he had done enough for Lucca.
5) Any new thoughts on Canis? Do you think he was involved in informing the d’Angeline delegation, and do you think he’s a part of (or in opposition to) the Unseen Guild?
If Canis was involved, he would have had to have left Tiberium for Lucca before Imriel, saw what was going on, then returned to Tiberium to let the ambassador know.