Castellan, on 04 March 2013 - 04:54 AM, said:
I think book Shae didn't love him and that's not so bad. She is an uncomplicated girl from the small folk, and she is not a whore, she is a kept woman, more or less his girlfriend, and seems able to feel some affection for him and not to be repulsed by his dwarfism. But when it comes down to him or her life or him or a better offer she's going with survival.
I'm not sure how you reach the conclusion that she's not a whore. Just because he's paying her for a long-term exclusive relationship doesn't mean that she's any less a prostitute. Shae would not be with Tyrion if he wasn't paying her. I think her response to his suggestion that she become a scullery maid is evidence enough that she's just after the material goods and comfortable lifestyle of a noble in the city.
Edit: here I'm trying to make the point that the initial agreement
was that she would be his lover for money, which technically makes her whichever terminology you want to use for a "paid-for lover". If that wasn't
the initial arrangement, and Shae was just wooing him deceptively for his wealth (with Tyrion unawares), I wouldn't call it prostitution - rather, she would just be dating someone for their money. But Tyrion is perfectly aware of the circumstances of their relationship.
Also, I don't think her lack of outward repulsion for his dwarfism proves any affection for him. Shae doesn't seem to be in a position to pick and choose her clients, and I doubt she'd get much business if she did actively show distaste for customers' appearances. On top of that, even if she is attracted to Tyrion, that doesn't mean she loves him, since sexual attraction =/= love.
Edited by Lady Seaworth, 04 March 2013 - 05:29 AM.