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Old 11-27-2009, 02:12 PM
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This is from Robin Hobb - Golden Fool.

I just reread that book and came across this.
I instantly thought of WoT and it's time being circular. This resonated in me, and I think it works in a very philosophical level too.

I really admire Hobb's writing skills. At the same time as she keeps it fairly simple, she can really turn words into feelings and ideas in the reader.


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I used to doubt the Fool when he told me that all of time was a great circuit,
and that we are ever doomed to repeat what has been done before. But the older
I get, the more I see it is so.
I thought then that he meant one great circle entrapped all of us. Instead, I think
we are born into our circuits. Like a colt on the end of a training line, we trot in the
circular path ordained for us. We go faster, we slow down, we halt on command and
we begin again. And each time we think the circle is something new.
My father’s raising was given over, all those many years ago, to my grandfather’s
half’-brother, Chade. In his turn, my father gave me over to his right-hand man to
rear. And when I became a father, I entrusted that the same hand could best raise my
daughter in safety. Instead, I took in another man’s son and made Hap mine.
Prince Dutiful, my son and yet not mine, also came to be my strident. And in time,
Burrich’s own son came to me, to learn from me that which his own father would not
teach him.
Each circle spins off a circle of its own. Each one seems a new thing but in
truth it is not. It is just our most recent attempts to correct old errors, to undo old
wrongs done to us and to make up for things we have neglected.
In each cycle, we may correct old errors, but I think we make as many new ones.
Yet what is our alternative? To commit the same old errors again?
Perhaps having the courage to find a better path is having the courage to risk
making new mistakes.
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I love robin hobb, and the Tawny Man is my favourite series.
When I first read it, it did make me think of WoT a lot, too.
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What's wrong with the old mistakes?
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What's wrong with the old mistakes?
the fact that they are mistakes?
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the fact that they are mistakes?
Never stopped anyone from making them in the past, did it?
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Never stopped anyone from making them in the past, did it?
But hopefully having made them previously you have learned not to make the same mistakes again. Hopefully
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Have you ever met a human before?
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Not according to my doctor.

oh wait that is the answer to a different question

There is always hope Gonzo.
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Have you ever met a human before?
Maybe next year at JordanCon?
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Maybe next year at JordanCon?
Definitely at Jourdancon.


And I love Robin Hobb. Excellent books.
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