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October 29th, 2013

October 29th, 2013 published on 16 Comments on October 29th, 2013

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  • Marvelous TK

    “Want to run right into the fire without a plan? Sure, let me get the door for ya.” Why, Gladys?

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Go home, Gladys, you’re drunk!

      Actually, given what the phrase “going home” implies in this story, don’t go home. But go back to your room, at least.

      • By Scottish standards, she is barely tipsy. To quote Dean Martin: “you’re not really drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on”.

    • She’d fit in well with our D&D party. “No Surrender. No Retreat. No Plan.”

      • Sanjay Merchant

        They should at least take the liquor. Not so much for the liquid courage properties as to best employ that old adventurer’s aphorism, “when in doubt, set something on fire.”

  • Not gonna at least take a glass of the good stuff for the trip up the dumbwaiter?

  • exms

    Nora has an awful lot of courage for a coward. Just sayin’

    • Who said she was a coward?

      • exms

        She did so herself — she “has a sister […] and I know she’d have worked this out and escaped by now, but I – well, that’s not how I am.”

        • It’s funny how often someone’s opinion of themselves and the reality of things often don’t match.

          Also, to pull back the hood for a second- the idea is that she’s coming out of her shell a little more with each encounter with Alexa, every time she breaks the rules just a little bit further and gets just a little bit bolder.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          I read that as “she’s smarter than me” not braver. Which, to repeat Kate’s assertion, is what Nora believes, not necessarily what is objectively true. (Although, to be fair, Harriet does have a lot more experience with magic and such, but that’s not the same thing as intelligence, talent, or courage.)

    • Volkspanzer

      That’s… actually the very definition of courage — to do something you must even if you’re afraid to do it. Someone who is fearless doesn’t exactly equate to courageous.

      • exms

        Nora, in fact, embodies Aristotles very definition of the brave: she knows that there is a risk in proceeding, is properly afraid of the risk, and is going forward anyway. (For instance, Aristotle, _Nichomachean Ethics_, Ch 3., Sec 9.)

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Plus, if I remember my Ethics classes properly, Aristotle encouraged you to err on the side of overcompensating for your vice. So Nora knows that her instinct is to run away from danger, so she pushes herself towards the other extreme (ie foolhardiness) in the hopes of landing at the target of “properly courageous”.

      • john

        Also worth remembering is that the line between being fearless and being foolhardy can be difficult to see, particular for the person taking a risk which does not scare them even though it probably ought to.

      • Graham Garrett

        Yeah, I think being fearless is closer to idiocy. XD

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