by Caprice Hokstad
Day 7 Saturday
As promise, today I will end our tour of this remarkable book by talking about the subject of loyalty and how it weaves its way through this novel. There are several pairs that I'd like to talk about. Pharn Patkus and Keedrina, Duke Vahn and timna, Duke Vahn and Saerula and Duke Vahn and kee.
Pharn Patkus, a healer and an Elva, tried to save Keedrina's family from wounds inflicted by the fire. He failed, but he did not fail Keedrina. He saw to her personal welfare. She felt a bit awkward around him in his home, since she was only Itzi after all, but she loved the man as a father. You will find Pharn popping up throughout the story. It was his decision to bring her and her case to Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph. This was somethig Keedrina wss initially against, but one has to suspect that Pharn Patkus had more on his mind than simply providing a roof over her head.
Duke Vahn and timna, the Duke's optimess, servant over his household, is yet another story. He cherished her for she worked well among his staff and served him without complaining. She accepted her tasks readily, because the Duke had always been so kind. The limitation on this loyalty would seem to be that her days of servitude would end in about a year. At the end of that year we find that her loyalty to him had grown much greater. His loyalty for her had at one time been shaken, but he too finds it has grown greater.
Duke Vahn and his wife Saerula, is an unusual story of loyalty, for it shows a loyalty that is enjoyed only by the Duke and never returned by his wife. It is a story of love that loves when their love is not received. In the end, however, it is Saerula's lack of loyalty, even her betrayal, that breaks this bond of loyalty. It took this much for her to break the Duke's loyalty to her. It is perhaps this contrast that is so integral to the story. For without it we would not know the full extent of Prince Vahn's love and loyalty, nor would we know of the pain he felt when this loyalty was despised.
Duke Vahn and kee, is quite the opposite. While you might wish that the Duke would kill off his wife and run off with the beautiful Itzi slave you don't see anything actions even hinting at this, ever. Nor does kee disrespect her master to suggest even a separation as an option. So great is kee's loyalty and love for the Duke that she is content to fulfill her station as his servant.
Each one of these couples has a Biblical impact to it, although it may not always have been intentional. The healer's care of Keedrina can be seen as both our Lord's compassion towards us, and for the compassion that we are to have for one another. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, that you love one another.” The Duke and timna show us the relationship our Lord has with us. While Jesus is always looking out for our best, we don't always understand it. Face it, when our best includes persecution it is a little difficult to take. So, like timna, our loyalty wavers a bit. When we finally understand our loyalty, like hers, returns in a greater strength than before. The Duke and Saerula teaches us how far Jesus will go, well actually Jesus will go even further, but if still rejected His wrath shall be greater as well. The Duke and kee is the main focal point of the story. “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph. 2:3) The Elva and the Itzi were not even supposed to socialize, yet Duke Vahn received her as both friend and servant. She responded by being the best servant that she could. (There's a lesson for all you Christians there). Ultimately ... well, I'll let you find out for yourselves.
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