Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Answer: I am not going to compare and contrast them all right now but does anyone else out there want to tackle it?
Let us say something about Princess Sita in Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers (New York, 2003). First, Cassandra King tells Prince Charles:
"'That girl needs a man. And in the worst way.'" (p. 177)
"'Has she been doing the thousand-hands-of-Pravati thing again?'" (ibid.)
- and reflects:
"Usually only a problem when she was bored, but..." (ibid.)
I confess to not understanding the use of the phrase "...the thousand-hands-of-Pravati..." in this context.
Secondly, Sita implausibly takes part in a raid on the house of a traitor. Immediately, after seeing one man killed by a blow to the face and another shot dead, she is able to lecture Henri on the mythological significance of Kali. Even more implausible? Or further evidence of how cool she is? I am still rereading but I seem to remember from the first time round that she got a man killed so how does she feel about that afterwards?
Thirdly, Sita is magnificently anti-racist.