Milestone: first makeup attempt. Won't be the last. First rule: don't send her to bed angry...
You don't count his apology after accusing her of betraying him at Spiral Castle? Maybe I wouldn't either--at that point he was more concerned with his own bad behavior than with getting back in her good graces.
At any rate, I love this page. The stars make me wish once again I had a telescope and lived in a place where the light pollution didn't keep me from seeing them. Taran looks very young when he walks up to Eilonwy, like a little puppy--"Please don't hurt me. Please forgive me." Eilonwy, in contrast, looks very regal and severe, and the tree in the last two panels works well as a symbol of the division between them.
Wellllll....I guess that one counts...but yeah, in that scene, though he is genuinely sorry he accused her falsely, it's really more about being ashamed of himself, while in this instance it's motivated out of a pure desire to heal the breach, since he didn't actually do anything wrong but managed to tick her off anyway.
I didn't even think about the tree being symbolic, but you're right. I'm gonna pretend that was my intention now. ;)
I thought the same thing about the tree. Hurrah for the subconscious!
Beautiful night sky <3
...and again beautiful Eilonwy <3
Well, Taran, what are you waiting for? apologize and explain yourself... =P
He's gotta get his courage up for it...
Although it doesn't quite fit the mood, that last panel makes me think of the love song from Quest For Camelot
"Here in the night, I see the sun
Here in the dark our two hearts are one
It's out of our hands, we can't stop what we have begun
And love just took me by surprise, looking through your eyes"
Also hilarious that their having this serious moment, but they also have to listen to Fflewdur's snoring. Or is that Gurgi?
I’ve never seen that film, but those are beautiful lyrics.
And yes, that’s Fflewddur sawing logs. Text mentions it, does something humorous with it in a few pages. Fflewddur’s snoring has become a permanent piece of head canon for me. It figures prominently in one of my favorite fanfic scenes. ;)
I do love your night scenes. They've got that perfect hue of moonlight blue-grey if you get what I mean.
He is doomed but at least he has shown goodwill. Amusing note aside: Even before reading the comments it was my impression that the tree was there with the very purpose of illustrating the rift between them.
An important scene follows that underlines Eilonwy's deranged mental condition. There is much more at stake here than mere "teen angst" or a pubertarian ego-crisis: The girl has left Spiral Castle severely traumatized and she is starving for being valued as a person with a right to exist - and to be told so, again and again. Typical for her distorted worldview, she is oblivious of the good that has been done to her (like being taken further on horseback when she could have been left behind) but will make sure to twist every situation, every statement in such a way that she comes out as the one under assault - as we will see soon.
In my opinion, Alexander did that on purpose, diverting from the rules of the damsel-in-distress trope by making Eilonwy bring devastating cracks in her soul along as a result of her abusive history that will require long and patient healing (I am inclined to classify her case at least as emerging PTSD). It underlines his masterhood as writer that he brought that out so well in what is only superficially a children's tale - and your illustrations convey it persuasively, as in the panel above! Because of this, Eilonwy is up to this day one of the most complex female characters found in Fantasy literature.
Agreed on all points here - though I will say it's disappointing how her role diminishes as the series goes on. I would have loved to see this aspect of her character more directly addressed, but you have to really dig for it in later books as the story focuses more and more on Taran. I understand why it is the way it is, and the absence of her story gives me plenty of room for speculation, which I love...but I do wish he'd given her a little more attention.
Yes. It is a pity that Alexander did not return to Prydain later like LeGuin returned to Earthsea and fill in Eilonwy's story on a more mature level. It would have been a most interesting and unusual (for the genre) read to explore how Eilonwy began to overcome Achren's marring of her psyche between BoT and BC. May I suggest another fanfic?
Oh I have every intention of more fanfic! I had begun to write on this topic in my treatment of The Black Cauldron via the healing experience of living at Caer Dallben, but then got distracted by my Angharad/Geraint prequel and now I have to finish that before I tackle anything else. ?
That healing was certainly a slow process suffering many setbacks. I fancy that in her destructive mental condition, Eilonwy has stayed a troublemaker for a long time and strained not only Taran's patience before she started to made progress. No professional psychotherapist available, you know. Fflewddur might have helped a lot to calm her and help her recovering her orientation, when present, especially when she accepted him as a father substitute as you describe it.