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Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006, 09:44 pm
islay_eggs: A question

Hi ya Folks,

I just found this journal today .... Love Anne McCaffrey books been reading them since ..well forever!!!
My Mum & Dad both read her books and they have always been around the house.

The question is about "Restoree" (noticed it was mostly PERN on the other entries).

Harlan address to Sara changes in the middle of the novel from "My Dear Lady" to "Dear My Lady" and it kinda stuck out as I can't seem to figure out the full reasoning. Sorry I don't think I explained that very well. Just wanted to know why?

Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

It's all to do with the ritual of 'claiming' which is basically marriage. The significance of 'Dear My Lady' is that 'My Lady' is synonymous with 'my wife'. Harlan is basically calling her 'dear wife'. The change in the order of the three words shows how Harlan's feelings for Sara have gone from the initial attraction to the emerging feelings of love.
Hope that helps.

Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
marquiserachel

It's all to do with the ritual of 'claiming' which is basically marriage. The significance of 'Dear My Lady' is that 'My Lady' is synonymous with 'my wife'. Harlan is basically calling her 'dear wife'. The change in the order of the three words shows how Harlan's feelings for Sara have gone from the initial attraction to the emerging feelings of love.
Hope that helps.

Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
marquiserachel

Have totally no clue why that posted twice... once anonymously. How bizarre!

Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
49thparallel

what gets me about Harlan and Sara is that you don't really see them fall in love... they just do.

Tue, Apr. 18th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
elfmagic15

it took me the second read to catch on too that as well, but very well done! I just reread everything pern, and im on the crystal series now :)