think Fidel's reaction to Una's story is pretty understandable. I mean, I can't
imagine I would feel any better about it if my child told me that the court
jester claims to be a prince and got her to promise him her trust. Not to
mention giving away her priceless opal ring like that!
Fidel is surprisingly understanding, I think. He does tell her that Lionheart
proves sincere, he will accept him gladly. He simply doesn't want Una to give
her trust--her heart--away so easily.
Una is quite determined the Lionheart is who he has said he is. She wants to believe him. And who's to blame
her? I want to believe him myself!
Felix's age. Well! I'd
forgotten that Felix turns fourteen here in the book. Someone asked earlier how
old he was, and I said about fifteen, but I was wrong. He turns fourteen in
this novel, which means he's probably fifteen by Moonblood, which is where I was pulling that age from. My bad!
Monster. Una's pet has been
a bit quiet in the last few chapters. But we continue to get references to him
here and there. He's close by, watching over her, even while Aethelbald is
away. I'm sure it was frustrating for him, watching his mistress give away her
heart to the jester while she continues to refuse the Prince! But Monster
remains loyal no matter what.
Una's dream. Once more Una
dreams a harsh dream. This time, it flashes quickly across her mind, the face
of the evil, death-faced man. and she hears voice saying, 'It's yours! Take
that she wakes up. But the burns on her hands remain sharp and painful, and
they do not fade the next day. Even Nurse notices them and thinks Una was
grabbing the fire irons.
Alone in the
shuts the door in poor Monster's face as she hastens out to the Wood on her own
that cold evening. Winter is coming, and Parumvir is far north enough to
promise a very cold winter. I picture it all gray and still, with dark, naked
branches tangled above Una's head as she goes. And her nose is biting with
cold, and her air steams before her face, but she doesn't care! She is so lost
in her own thoughts, worrying about Lionheart, wondering if she will ever see
him again, ready to make herself sick with this obsession.
of me feels, while reading this, "Wow, Una needs another passion.
Something to focus her mind on. Anything to shift her thoughts a little bit!
Surely this obsession over Lionheart isn't healthy!" Well, it probably
isn't. But it's also very relatable. I've been there myself!
briefly believes she sees Lionheart return. She believes he came and asked her
to come with him, now. But though she is ready to fling herself into his arms,
she stops. She wonders if he has done what he said. Did he kill the Dragon?
hasn't. He must admit that he has not succeeded. And he says that she cannot
love him. Una tries to protest, tries to hurry to him.
then she wakes up from this cruel dream.
wakes up, and meets the Dragon.
The Dragon. At this moment,
the whole of Heartless takes such a drastically new turn, it's almost
unbelievable. I remember when I sent the third draft to one of my Beta readers.
He told me how shocked he was by this
sudden turn of events. To go from dreamy-princess-wants-to-get-married to . . .
DRAGONS! FIRE! DESTRUCTION! It's a bit dizzying.
I've always really liked this moment. And really, when you read carefully, you
see that everything has been leading up to it. Even the dream she just had
about Leonard . . . I'll bet you anything the Dragon sent her that dream, just
to torment her!
now, the story begins to steamroller at a frightening pace. Are you ready to
keep up with it?
was burrowed somewhere deep, a furry lump at her feet, as near to the bed
warmer as he could safely sleep. (p. 166) Such
a cat. LOL.
pretended she slept but couldn't fool herself. Her nose was frozen, but Una was
too tired and too cold to lift the blankets to cover it, so she pretended it
wasn't cold and failed at that as well. She wondered if the faerie-tale
princesses who fell into enchanted sleeps felt like this as they lay for a
hundred years, frozen in time. How boring it must be for them after a decade or
two. (p. 166) After Starflower, this makes me laugh particularly!
placed himself in her lap and started grooming with all the care of a dandy.
(p. 167) Oh, Monster. How we love you.
Questions on the
1. Una says the
trust is believing without seeing. Fidel says trust is knowing the truth and
believing in that. Who do you think is right? Or do you have another
perspective neither of these two saw?
2. Have you ever
been so upset about something that it consumed your thoughts to the extent
Una's thoughts are consumed? I really relate to this bit with her, because I
have felt this way many times over. So hard to focus on anything else, and so
impossible to get that recurring thought out of your brain, even when you know it should go!
3. So, initial
thoughts . . . What about that Dragon?!?!?
1) I think that trust is believing in something that might be unseen, but not without knowing that it's the truth. :D
2) Definitely. It's very easy to become obsessed with something; for me, it can happen when someone has offended me in some way. It's hard to just shrug it off and move on and accept that you're not the centre of the universe. :P
3) The Dragon is sooo creepy. The way he's described takes the worst from ghosts and zombies and mashes them together. If someone like that popped up out of nowhere at me, I'd probably faint dramatically.
1.I think trust is believing whether you can see it or not but it should be truth. So... both of them?
1. I think trust is knowing that someone is generally truthful, and they ask you to believe something which can't be verified, and you place your belief in them.
2. Yes, but I'm really kinda strange in that I'm usually able to get rid of any such thoughts in a relatively short time. So I might have an all-consuming thought/emotion, but I can (luckily) remove it within a half-hour or so...
3. The dragon was completely unexpected. Honestly, I thought "Heartless" was going to be a fluffy romance that I could whip through in a day, and that there wouldn't be anything deeper than a slight allegory. I. Was. So. Wrong. It was disconcerting in the extreme when the Dragon popped up, but I LOVED IT! :D
1. I loved the conversation between Una and Fidel here. Fidel is such a wise and caring father. I agree with the rest of you girls that trust is probably a combination of what they said. But then again, you can choose to trust anyone, with truth or not. The consequences that follows may not be what you want at all. Look at Una.
2. I'm sure I have.
3. When the Dragon entered, I realized that the story was about to get a whole lot more interesting. Because, while I was enjoying the first half very well, I love action and drama. The Dragon was deliciously baaaaaaaad. He's one of those characters whom you love to hate.
2)I often get consumed with thinking on something that upset me even when I know I should let it go. It takes a while to give it up.
1. I think they are both a little right. Fidel is trying to capture that a person proves he or she is trustworthy by his actions. We are known by our fruit. If our actions are shady, how can we be trusted until we have proven otherwise? Now, if a person has a hard time trusting, perhaps, then we could ask them to trust them, to prove themself. so depending on the circumstances. Leonard could be telling the truth, but since he's had to live a lie to survive, he could ask her to trust him, but he would have to prove himself trustworthy. So give him a chance to prove himself. Unfortunately, he didn't live up to the requested "trust". on a different note, we are asked to trust God and not lean on our own understanding...which many times means believing without seeing, but you have to know the truth...so they kind of go hand in hand.
2. Yes, I have been like this, not necessarily over a "boyfriend" or anything like. If I'm unable to let go, I start self-destructing.
3. Ah, the Dragon. I was completely surprised to see him as human. I was like what? I don't know why I didn't connect the dots about the man with the black skull and white skin...loved how you described him.
#1 - This is a difficult question. Perhaps it is a little bit of both? Trust is earned, yet at the same time, it is given. It is a delicate balance, methinks.
#2 - I have had times where I was upset and I would go to my room and cry. My mom isn't used to me crying so she would leave me in my room because she didn't know what to do with me. ;P But I can most definitely relate to Una obsessing over something so small (yet so big).
#3 - Gah! He has such a dramatic entrance. Here Una is, one minute dreaming of Lionheart, the next minute screaming at the sight of the Dragon who only says, "Hello, Una." Wow! Almost as good as the opening, "Una screamed." ^_^
I love how Monster is always there when she is daydreaming. He's such a good protector!
Finally, I caught up with the chapters. Phew! :)
1. I agree with Fidel's statement a great deal, yet I also know that faith "is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see," (Hebrews 11:1:2). I also know that "we walk by faith not by sight," (2 Corinthians 5). This does not mean that we stumble around without any clear direction. Faith stems from our hearing of the Word of God. Relating this concept to Heartless: Fidel could trust Aethelbald because his actions were consistent with what he said. Lionheart, on the other hand, showed up in disguise, so he seemed to be mysterious and, to Fidel's way of thinking, up to no good. I'm trying to say that I agree with all the others because trust must be based upon the truth. Great question!
2. Una's preoccupation with Leonard really irked me the first time I read the book, (and I'm really sorry to admit that). Perhaps this fact is a clear indication of how Una is so relatable. Her obsessive pining hits very close to home and can be applied to any manner of things.
3. I loved when the Dragon first made his appearance. The dreams were really whetting my appetite, and I'll admit that I'm not a reader of romance novels. So, when the Dragon King finally came out in the open, it really got to where I couldn't put the book down. I am struck by his seductiveness. I remember feeling distinctly uneasy, yet his mannerisms are courtly in a way. Therefore, I didn't know what he was going to do. Before reading Heartless, I pictured a dragon as something that swooped down and took its prey by force. So, I was shocked by his entrance because it was different from what I've read in other books about dragons. The scene where he first appears is so jarring yet amazingly suspenseful. A true depiction of how evil shows up when you least expect it.
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