Scout’s Progress – Chapter 7

In which Aelliana takes possession of her ship.

I’ve noticed several people referring to Aelliana’s late opponent as “the chel’Mara”. In some places such a distinction might indicate that he was the head of his family Line, but I don’t think I recall any such usage ever being explicitly noted among Liadens, and it seems unlikely in the case of Vin Sin chel’Mara. More likely it is simply an indication that he’s achieved notoriety in a field where no other chel’Mara is to be found.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure there’s at least one point in this novel where Aelliana is referred to as “the Caylon”, and that’s definitely in tribute to her distinction as a mathematician and definitely not because of any exalted position in Line Caylon.

Speaking of Aelliana’s distinction as a mathematician, there’s probably something insightful to be said about that, and about Aelliana’s unease at being accorded distinction of any kind, but apparently I’m not the person to say it. (At least not at this time of night and with this head cold.)

3 thoughts on “Scout’s Progress – Chapter 7

  1. Ed8r

    It was nice to see another familiar name pop up, even if just in passing: ven’Deelin.

  2. Ed8r

    Paul: v

    And in fact, she is continued to be offered this distinction, with the action at Nev’Lorn being attributed to “the Caylon’s ship.”

  3. Ed8r

    Oops! I had to post in a hurry and didn’t notice that the quote I thought I’d pasted did not show, so here it is: I’m pretty sure there’s at least one point in this novel where Aelliana is referred to as “the Caylon”, and that’s definitely in tribute to her distinction as a mathematician and definitely not because of any exalted position in Line Caylon.

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