Lodestone: A Wynston/Ruth Alternate Universe
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12.29.2012 , 07:15 PM |
A note that came up while I was on a bus for way too long yesterday with nothing to do but think and write. I thought I would mention it.
I have always been fascinated by the Arthurian legends in general and Guinevere and Lancelot in particular. The phrase that lurked in the back of my mind throughout Lodestone's early days is from this passage in T.H. White's wonderful
The Once and Future King
, in which Elaine has tricked the previously pure Lancelot into sleeping with her under pretense of being Guinevere:
Straight from Elaine, straight from her robbery, Lancelot came like an arrow to the heart of love.
After Kaliyo, I very nearly titled this Arrow or something like it.
The comparisons are indirect at best. Unlike Lancelot, Wynston's sin is love, not sex. Unlike Guinevere, Ruth leaves her husband early. And unlike Arthur…well, everything about Quinn is unlike Arthur, except that at one point he was bound by duty and law to condemn and seek to execute his own wife for treason.
Perhaps most significantly, though, Guinevere never embarked on a solo career as an unstoppable killing machine.
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