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** It makes Fix and Lilly's reactions to Harry even more tragic, too. Harry realized before the fight that he couldn't hope to beat Fix in a straight fight the way the Mantle was compelling him, but even Harry is disturbed by how easily the taunts he uses against Fix come to him as he preys on every fear that Fix had ever since he learned that Harry was Mab's choice for the next Winter Knight,

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* A minor one when Harry and Molly return to where Harry died and he has a half-flashback to being shot. Harry's tough, but it's clear he didn't just brush off his own death, even though he focuses on what it did to his friends.


* The entire scene when Thomas and Harry meet again, and Thomas realizes that Harry tried to get himself killed.

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* The entire scene when Thomas and Harry meet again, and Thomas realizes that Harry tried to get himself killed.killed, afraid of becoming a monster like Thomas.



** To clarify: Thomas realizes that Harry was afraid of becoming a monster. In other words, Harry would rather kill himself than be what Thomas is. Ouch.

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** Even worse, back in ''Proven Guilty'' Maeve tried to needle Lily and Fix by bringing up how Slate used to drag them before her Court for "performances", and even asks if Lily remembers what Maeve herself did to her on a particular occasion. And yet Lily was still lonely enough to give Maeve -- someone who once regarded Lily being tortured as entertainment -- a ''second chance'' when she appeared to be acting as a legitimate friend.


** And finally, [[spoiler:Molly having the Winter Lady mantle forced into her.]]

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** And finally, [[spoiler:Molly having the Winter Lady mantle forced into onto her.]]



** Lily had spent her entire life being abused for her beauty. Yes... that kind of abuse. But she had clung to the choice that nobody could ever take away from her: The choice to be a fae or a mortal. And the dream of having a husband and a family. And then, Dresden killed the previous Summer Lady, condemning Lily to a life of immortality with no hope of a "normal" family. No wonder she was so ready to kill the guy.

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** Lily had spent her entire life being abused for her beauty. Yes...Yes ... that kind of abuse. But she had clung to the choice that nobody no one could ever take away from her: The choice to be a fae or a mortal. And the dream of having a husband and a family. And then, Dresden killed the previous Summer Lady, condemning Lily to a life of immortality with no hope of a "normal" normal family. No wonder she was so ready to kill the guy.



** And despite her rage, her reasons to - from her point of view - hate Harry, she is, until the end, unfailing kind to him. The meeting scene where she hugs him is pure Heartwarming.
* All the implied things happening with Lily, honestly. We never get to see it firsthand, but Maeve wins her trust simply by befriending her. Above all else, Lily is lonely in an alien world that she wanted nothing to do with, and Maeve represented not only someone who understood her feelings, but could also [[spoiler: help her stop the "evil" at Demonreach.]] For the entire story, she is 100% convinced that she's playing the hero's role...just like her predecessor, Aurora. It makes the endgame a compound tragedy for her. Factor in that 1) she truly believes she's doing good 2) the man who killed Aurora is looming over the (apparently dead) body of her closest friend and the Summer Knight 3) that same man is the bearer of the Winter Knight's mantle and 4) the Sidhe consider the mantles of the Summer and Winter courts to be, for all intents and purposes, titles. They shape their bearers in a certain way, given enough time. Thus, with time, there's little to distinguish one Winter Knight from another. And the previous Winter Knight had routinely raped Lily.

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** And despite her rage, her reasons to - from her point of view - hate Harry, she is, until the end, unfailing unfailingly kind to him. The meeting scene where she hugs him is pure Heartwarming.
* All the implied things happening with Lily, honestly.Lily. We never get to see it firsthand, but Maeve wins her trust simply by befriending her. Above all else, Lily is lonely in an alien world that she wanted nothing to do with, and Maeve represented not only someone who understood her feelings, but could also [[spoiler: help her stop the "evil" at Demonreach.]] For the entire story, she is 100% convinced that she's playing the hero's role...role ... just like her predecessor, Aurora. It makes the endgame a compound tragedy for her. Factor in that 1) she truly believes she's doing good good, 2) the man who killed Aurora is looming over the (apparently dead) body of her closest friend and the Summer Knight Knight, 3) that same man is the bearer of the Winter Knight's mantle mantle, and 4) the Sidhe consider the mantles of the Summer and Winter courts to be, for all intents and purposes, titles. They shape their bearers in a certain way, given enough time. Thus, with time, there's little to distinguish one Winter Knight from another. And the previous Winter Knight had routinely raped Lily.


--->Stab.
--->Twist.

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--->Stab.
--->Twist.
--->Stab.\\
Twist.



--> Mab did not turn around. When she spoke, her voice had something in it I had never heard there before and never heard again - uncertainty. Vulnerability.
--> "I was mortal once, you know," she said, very quietly.

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--> Mab did not turn around. When she spoke, her voice had something in it I had never heard there before and never heard again - uncertainty. Vulnerability.
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Vulnerability.\\
"I was mortal once, you know," she said, very quietly.

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quietly.


--> '''Dresden narrating''': Mab did not turn around. When she spoke, her voice had something in it I had never heard there before and never heard again - uncertainty. Vulnerability. "I was mortal one, you know," she said, very quietly.

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--> '''Dresden narrating''': Mab did not turn around. When she spoke, her voice had something in it I had never heard there before and never heard again - uncertainty. Vulnerability. Vulnerability.
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"I was mortal one, once, you know," she said, very quietly.


* After the final battle, Harry asks if it was hard for Mab to kill her daughter Maeve. Mab doesn't answer. When she walks away, he asks the question again.

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* After the final battle, Harry asks if it was hard for Mab to [[spoiler: kill her daughter Maeve.Maeve]]. Mab doesn't answer. When she walks away, he asks the question again.

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* After the final battle, Harry asks if it was hard for Mab to kill her daughter Maeve. Mab doesn't answer. When she walks away, he asks the question again.
--> '''Dresden narrating''': Mab did not turn around. When she spoke, her voice had something in it I had never heard there before and never heard again - uncertainty. Vulnerability. "I was mortal one, you know," she said, very quietly.


*** Even worse, her rage was mis-directed. It was Aurora who took that choice from Lily, and turned Lily into the Summer Knight, as per the EvilPlan in ''Summer Knight''. Dresden did the best he could with what he had, and anyone who's read the series knows without a doubt that if Harry could have given Lily back her humanity, he would have done so the ''minute'' Summer Knight was done and over with.

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*** Even worse, her rage was mis-directed. It was Aurora who took that choice from Lily, and turned Lily into the Summer Knight, Lady, as per the EvilPlan in ''Summer Knight''. Dresden did the best he could with what he had, and anyone who's read the series knows without a doubt that if Harry could have given Lily back her humanity, he would have done so the ''minute'' Summer Knight was the events of ''Summer Knight'' were done and over with.

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** And despite her rage, her reasons to - from her point of view - hate Harry, she is, until the end, unfailing kind to him. The meeting scene where she hugs him is pure Heartwarming.


* [[spoiler: "I was human once, too."]] All the implications therein. Bear in mind that the speaker tried to comfort Harry by telling him of the original plan for [[spoiler: Molly.]] In other words, [[spoiler: Mab, TheSpock of the fae, tried to provide comfort to Harry by saying she'd planned for Molly, Harry's apprentice, to become the Summer Lady, one of his political enemies. Instead, Molly inherited her daughter's mantle, and will be Harry's ally... and even Mab considers this the worse fate for poor Molly.]]



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* [[spoiler: "I was human once, too."]] All the implications therein. Bear in mind that the speaker tried to comfort Harry by telling him of the original plan for [[spoiler: Molly.]] In other words, [[spoiler: Mab, TheSpock of the fae, tried to provide comfort to Harry by saying she'd planned for Molly, Harry's apprentice, to become the Summer Lady, one of his political enemies. Instead, Molly inherited her daughter's mantle, and will be Harry's ally... and even Mab considers this the worse fate for poor Molly.]]


* All the implied things happening with Lily, honestly. We never get to see it firsthand, but Maeve wins her trust simply by befriending her. Above all else, Lily is lonely in an alien world that she wanted nothing to do with, and Maeve represented not only someone who understood her feelings, but could also [[spoiler: helper her stop the "evil" at Demonreach.]] For the entire story, she is 100% convinced that she's playing the hero's role...just like her predecessor, Aurora. It makes the endgame a compound tragedy for her. Factor in that 1) she truly believes she's going good 2) the man who killed Aurora is looming over the (apparently dead) body of her closest friend and the Summer Knight 3) that same man is the bearer of the Winter Knight's mantle and 4) the Sidhe consider the mantles of the Summer and Winter courts to be, for all intents and purposes, titles. They shape their bearers in a certain way, given enough time. Thus, with time, there's little to distinguish one Winter Knight from another. And the previous Winter Knight had routinely raped Lily.

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* All the implied things happening with Lily, honestly. We never get to see it firsthand, but Maeve wins her trust simply by befriending her. Above all else, Lily is lonely in an alien world that she wanted nothing to do with, and Maeve represented not only someone who understood her feelings, but could also [[spoiler: helper help her stop the "evil" at Demonreach.]] For the entire story, she is 100% convinced that she's playing the hero's role...just like her predecessor, Aurora. It makes the endgame a compound tragedy for her. Factor in that 1) she truly believes she's going doing good 2) the man who killed Aurora is looming over the (apparently dead) body of her closest friend and the Summer Knight 3) that same man is the bearer of the Winter Knight's mantle and 4) the Sidhe consider the mantles of the Summer and Winter courts to be, for all intents and purposes, titles. They shape their bearers in a certain way, given enough time. Thus, with time, there's little to distinguish one Winter Knight from another. And the previous Winter Knight had routinely raped Lily.



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* All the implied things happening with Lily, honestly. We never get to see it firsthand, but Maeve wins her trust simply by befriending her. Above all else, Lily is lonely in an alien world that she wanted nothing to do with, and Maeve represented not only someone who understood her feelings, but could also [[spoiler: helper her stop the "evil" at Demonreach.]] For the entire story, she is 100% convinced that she's playing the hero's role...just like her predecessor, Aurora. It makes the endgame a compound tragedy for her. Factor in that 1) she truly believes she's going good 2) the man who killed Aurora is looming over the (apparently dead) body of her closest friend and the Summer Knight 3) that same man is the bearer of the Winter Knight's mantle and 4) the Sidhe consider the mantles of the Summer and Winter courts to be, for all intents and purposes, titles. They shape their bearers in a certain way, given enough time. Thus, with time, there's little to distinguish one Winter Knight from another. And the previous Winter Knight had routinely raped Lily.

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