Stego, on 23 March 2011 - 05:02 PM, said:
Hmm. I pictured it as the tree itself, like a dryad.
A dryad-type Fae makes sense. Kvothe sees something moving under the tree, and Bast says the Cthaeh can't leave the tree, which made me think the tree was some sort of prison. But a dryad would have similar restrictions.
Maysek22, on 23 March 2011 - 05:09 PM, said:
On another topic, i think the whole oath to denna causing lack of use of kvothes good left hand is ridiculous personally. The passage many use to back it up, him losing his grip on the mercenary who's kicking his ass reads differently to me. My first impression was that he remembered he was kote, and let the guy break his grip. My second impression, and the one i believe is correct is that he is just out of practice. he tells bast that the beating was probably a good thing, b/c it reminded him of somthing he had forgotten. To me that somthing is that you have to practice martial arts to remain good at it - thus he begins practincing his ketan to finish up the book...
There are five passages that make me believe something's wrong with Kvothe's left hand.
1) Failure to keep his grip on the soldier and further failure to break the soldier's grip. My impression of what he'd forgotten was that he wasn't the Kvothe of the stories anymore.
2) Kvothe clumsily jamming a holly thorn deep into his thumb despite his often-remarked-upon "clever hands" but not really reacting. Right after
saying anyone with "two good hands" would be out helping with the harvest.
3) When Bast says the flower of the Cthaeh's tree is a panacea, capable of curing any wound, Kvothe looks down at his hands and says he can see why that would be tempting.
4) When with the Adem, he meets the cook who lost the fingers of one hand, no longer able to fight as a redshirt. The cook says something like, "I'm not the same person I was. When I dream, I have two hands." That read like foreshadowing to me.
5) When done with his tale for the night, Kvothe absentmindedly massages his left hand with his right.
I've said this before, but I don't believe it's a magical backlash. Not Kvothe goes looking for Denna's patron and suddenly his hand stops working. More like, Kvothe goes looking for Denna's patron and he runs into something very dangerous which coincidentally ends up resulting in some nerve damage. There's actually a term for coincidence like this in Greek tragedy, though I don't remember what it is.
But even if he doesn't hurt his hand when looking for Denna's patron, I still believe he hurts his hand somehow, which causes a loss of sensitivity and strength that may not lead to a total loss of use in the hand but does take away most of his abilities-- as a musician, as an artificer, and as a fighter. Finally, this change to everything he is affects him in other ways, shatters his self-image, which is related to his will, which is
his alar. It would account for a lot of the changes we see in him.
Edited by AverageGuy, 23 March 2011 - 06:09 PM.