Friday, 3 June 2016
Vestal, Leman, Then Nun
Secondly, in between, she is Gratillonius' leman. As King of Ys, Grallon had been impotent with anyone but the Queens. All the Queens are dead and no one has been Signed to replace them. Further, Runa proves that Gratillonius has regained normal potency with other women. The Ysan Gods have indeed withdrawn/died, whichever word is appropriate.
Thirdly, we know, first, that Gratillonius is a good man and, secondly, that, despite this, any sexual relationship can become hatred. Runa exemplifies this brilliantly:
"'You humiliated me... You disgraced yourself...'
"'You simply didn't care...'
"'And you didn't care...You wouldn't. you can't. I wonder if you haven't been a penance God sent me.'"
-Chapter XII, section 4, pp. 247-249.
She goes on like this until thankfully she announces that she will leave Grallon and become a nun. Grallon winds up happily married to Verania.