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Heartwarming / The Sharing Knife

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  • Dag's thinly-veiled "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Bluefields when one of her brothers asks why Dag would possibly want to marry Fawn, especially since Dag won't inherit any land — or, indeed, anything at all — for marrying her. Also an Awesome Moment.
    Dag: (when asked for three good reasons) Only that? Very well. For the courage of her heart, which I saw face down the greatest horrors I know without breaking. For the high and hungry intelligence of her mind, which never stops asking questions, nor thinking about the answers. For the spark of her spirit, which could teach bonfires how to burn. That's three. Enough for going on with. All this is set beside me, and you ask me instead if I want dirt? I do not understand farmers.
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  • Dag's brother, the knife-maker Dar, suspects that the Glassforge malice somehow forced the stolen ground of Fawn's child into the "blank" knife made from the bone of Dag's first wife, but near the end of Legacy, Dag has a very different theory, which he shares with Fawn.
    Dag: "...there was more than one knife stuck in that malice at that moment back at Glassforge. And there is more than one sort of ground affinity. There was a link, a channel . . . because the one knife was Kauneo's marrowbone, see, and the other was her heart's death. Knives don't take up souls, if there is such a thing, but each one has a, a flavor of its donor. I expect she died wanting and regretting, well, a lot of things, but I know a child was one. I wouldn't dare say this to anyone else, but I'll swear it to you. It wasn't the malice pushed that ground into Kauneo's bone. I think it was given shelter."

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