Friday, 20 May 2016
"...I will kill him."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Dahut, Chapter X, section 2, p. 216.
If Gratillonius consummates his marriage to his daughter, Dahut, then Carsa will kill him. Something is very wrong here. In the first place, there is a constitutional crisis in Ys precisely because the idea of incest horrifies Gratillonius as much as it horrifies Carsa. However:
Dahut wants the consummation;
if Gratillonius did go ahead with it, then this would only because he also had come to want it or at least to believe that it was right-
-yet Carsa would then take it upon himself to commit murder instead of leaving the issue to the judgment of God or the Gods. Two factors are clouding Carsa's mind, his own feelings towards Dahut and his Christian morality. In that morality, incest is even more abominable than murder. In secular morality, it is the other way around. What two consenting adults do in private is their business. Violence against either of them is everyone's business and should be prevented.