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Holly H.It’s instructive to see a form of how the Empire treats mental illness, and for all that they are progressive in some ways, it makes sense that they are still stuck with such primitive facilities (even though I suspect that they would think they were somehow more enlightened than in previous generations). I’m going to have to look up more about the “cultural schools”, though, because what I was missing, somewhat, was an indication that the madhouse tied into the medical sciences. If it doesn’t that’s kind of telling, in itself.

At any rate, it was interesting to see Denel and Oranaan through the eyes of someone else. (Even if, by the end, I wasn’t sure if I had a lot of respect for Gliiveran’s project, either. I mean, the idea of studying others’ reactions to the madhouse inmates *is* an interesting idea! But I wasn’t sure Oranaan was that far off his mark regarding Gliiveran being more interested in the acting part of the plan, than in what such a study could tell him about how to treat the people in the madhouse more effectively.)

But, this also raised more questions for me. Why did Denel and Oranaan go back to Affamarg for this? (I do have to keep remembering that they have trains, and such a trip wouldn’t be that big a deal.) Were we meant to understand that the inmate they were observing was one of the victims of the anomalies? Are the anomalies much more widespread than just the City of Lights? Or was this person from the City of Lights, originally? (But if so, why send them all the way to Affamarg to the madhouse? Surely there are others in closer towns or cities to the City of Lights?) And finally, while I appreciate the need for direct observation, and for Oranaan to check his theory about the magnetic fields in person… I’m wondering if either of them thought to interview those who have charge of these madhouse inmates (I don’t know if that’s doctors, or…?) to look into behavioral trends, or any other trends that might shed some light on what’s going on.

It makes sense that Oranaan is very focused on finding the cause, but I have to wonder whether he is missing a potential source of information. (Though, Oranaan strikes me as the type of scientist who is very focused on physical phenomena, that he can observe and measure and test. Studying people is a much more squishy subject, even if there are ways to do it that would loop back around to providing him with data he could use. But it’s understandable that he doesn’t think that way.)

Lorna (Comtessa)Loved this. I am so used to reading and 'doing' about the North that a story from the South always catches me unaware!
mikkaOh, Denel scores lots of points for that last line.
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