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30th Jan '13 11:19:12 AM Crowqueen
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* BlueBlood - the idea of the nobility that one of them would be instantly recognisable even in labourer's clothing is deconstructed. Most of the characters that are either squires or their relatives (Migdalecki and Siedlecki are both younger sons of squires and, thanks to primogeniture, have to find another occupation to supplement their private incomes). Most people dismiss Michal's claimed identity because a gentleman, particularly one who is the heir to an estate like the Piechowie's, would not be as uncouth as Michal has become. At this stage it is entirely convenient for Michal to continue his masquerade, but it says a lot that a professed friend, Migdalecki, would think the same way as more ambivalent protagonists such as Zakowski and his mother. [[spoiler:Only Marta in the end keeps an open mind regarding the possibility that Michal is who he is claimed to be.]]

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* BlueBlood - the idea of the nobility that one of them would be instantly recognisable even in labourer's clothing is deconstructed. Most of the characters that are either squires or their relatives (Migdalecki and Siedlecki are both younger sons of squires and, thanks to primogeniture, have to find another occupation to supplement their private incomes). Most people dismiss Michal's claimed identity because a gentleman, particularly one who is the heir to an estate like the Piechowie's, would not be as uncouth as Michal has become. At this stage it is entirely convenient for Michal to continue his masquerade, but it says a lot that a professed friend, Migdalecki, would think the same way as more ambivalent protagonists such as Zakowski and his mother. [[spoiler:Only Marta in the end keeps an open mind regarding the possibility that Michal is who he is claimed to be.]]
22nd Jan '13 2:04:03 PM Crowqueen
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* StraightGay - Zakowski does not act camp and is not particularly effeminate.
11th Jan '13 2:22:37 PM Crowqueen
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* JadeTintedSpectacles - Walentyna displays this mentality, to Danuta's surprise given her wealth and social status.

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* JadeTintedSpectacles JadeColoredGlasses - Walentyna displays this mentality, to Danuta's surprise given her wealth and social status.
11th Jan '13 2:21:26 PM Crowqueen
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* JadeTintedSpectacles - Walentyna displays this mentality, to Danuta's surprise given her wealth and social status.
10th Jan '13 3:28:19 PM Crowqueen
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* {{Filler}} / SynchronousEpisodes - this book and ''DarthWiki/PointsOfTheCompassSouthWest'' were written because otherwise there would have been an [[TimeSkip eighteen-month gap in continuity]]. Originally one book, the story in both books needed elaboration, particularly since the original draft didn't explain why suddenly Siedlecki got hold of Danuta, or why he ended up in Nowozyce. Similarly, the motivation and reason for [[spoiler:Horsebones' death]] was unclear. The story overlaps with the other book to a reasonable extent but the fact that some earth-shattering political developments need expurgation lead the author to need the extra space that two books would give.
10th Jan '13 8:29:58 AM Crowqueen
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** It is not generally available under Imperial common law. But Danuta advises Radek to plead guilty so he is whipped rather than go to trial in a higher court and maybe on to prison, putting his wife and children further into distress. For this she earns Michal's idealistic contempt for making an obviously innocent man plead guilty, even when she is trying to mitigate Radek's punishment because she knows it is a tough case to win outright. Imperial law is based on English common law, so in general formal plea-bargaining is not often practised. The magistrate's court is a less formal justice system, with a different set of customs, and this means confession is more likely to mitigate a sentence (as in English law), or at least confession means the punishment is less deleterious to Radek in the long run than a spell in prison might be, given the trivial nature of his alleged crime.

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** It is not generally available under Imperial common law. But Danuta advises Radek to plead guilty so he is whipped rather than go to trial in a higher court and maybe on to prison, putting his wife and children further into distress. For this she earns Michal's idealistic contempt for making an obviously innocent man plead guilty, even when she is trying to mitigate Radek's punishment because she knows it is a tough case to win outright. Imperial law is based on English common law, so in general formal plea-bargaining is not often practised. The magistrate's court is a less formal justice system, with a different set of customs, and this means confession is more likely to mitigate a sentence [[http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/murder/ (as in English law), law)]], or at least confession means the punishment is less deleterious to Radek in the long run than a spell in prison might be, given the trivial nature of his alleged crime.
10th Jan '13 8:27:49 AM Crowqueen
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** This and the InsanityDefense make an appearance in a flashback to the case which caused Michal's nervous breakdown. Wilfred Young appears completely insane - there is no other motivation for his alleged crime - and Michal's clerk Pratchett suggests using this defence . Based on the punishment for insanity - life locked up in a room only big enough for a bed and a chamber pot - Michal rejects this plea bargain and goes for broke - and gets broken in half.

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** This and the InsanityDefense make an appearance in a flashback to the case which caused Michal's nervous breakdown. Wilfred Young appears completely insane - there is no other motivation for his alleged crime - and Michal's clerk Pratchett suggests using this defence . defence instead of trying to make out that Young was only found cradling the dying man trying to revive him and had not actually killed him himself. Based on the punishment for insanity - life locked up in a room only big enough for a bed and a chamber pot - Michal rejects this plea bargain and goes for broke - and as we know gets broken in half.
10th Jan '13 8:25:06 AM Crowqueen
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** This and the InsanityDefense make an appearance in a flashback to the case which caused Michal's nervous breakdown. Wilfred Young appears completely insane - there is no other motivation for his alleged crime - and Michal's clerk Pratchett suggests using this defence . Based on the punishment for insanity - life locked up in a room only big enough for a bed and a chamber pot - Michal rejects this plea bargain and goes for broke - and gets broken in half.
10th Jan '13 8:20:40 AM Crowqueen
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* PassiveAggressiveKombat - The noble-born Marta to her son:

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** [[{{DarthWiki/Achava}} Graf Gryczewski and his wife]] reappear as Danuta's hosts and are obviously experiencing a marital itch:
-->"[W]henever the Graf had to deal with [Walentyna] he lost the relaxed, jolly demeanour that was the norm for him and climbed back inside a fragile eggshell easily shattered by his impatient wife."
8th Jan '13 8:41:26 AM Crowqueen
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* Bromance - with a largely male cast, several examples are hinted at:

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* Bromance {{Bromance}} - with a largely male cast, several examples are hinted at:
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