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Many people have speculated -- and this includes Breq herself, I think, not that she cares -- that Anaander Mianaai predicted and planned for the way things went between Breq and Tisarwat.

And maybe this has been said too, but with that theory in mind, I find myself wondering if the creation of Tisarwat as we know her wasn't a purely strategic consideration, but also a reflection of the fact that Omaugh Anaander, at least, has accepted her own mortality, and has responded to that acceptance in a pretty traditional way.

I mean, it's an unusual and characteristically unethical means of reproductive recombination, to imprint your memories and personality over those of a person who already exists. But at least she's chosen someone pretty awesome to raise her daughter?

(Not that I actually consider that last a mitigating factor, of course -- more an OH ANAANDER factor: how so horrible, how so blatant with your braincrush? But I guess these things happen when you're the Lord of the Radch and it's terribly refreshing to have anyone try to tell you no.)

Date: 2016-03-21 06:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] staranise
OH. That's a brilliant thought. It never even occurred to me.

Date: 2016-03-22 05:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] staranise
Okay but also all those things and Tisarwat knowing it. Knowing that every move she makes towards independence and her own self are, in fact, what the Anaander who created her wanted, so whether she hews to Anaander's decisions and plans or diverges from them, Anaander wins.

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