Tuesday, 2 August 2016
I will say something now in case it becomes relevant later. In Island..., our main villain, William Walker, reflects that:
"...he wasn't what you'd call a squeamish man, but there were times when Hong's kid-in-a-candy-store approach to torture made him a little uneasy, not to mention this cult she'd started, with herself as the avatar of the Lady of Pain...." (p. 434)
Is this a first intimation that Walker himself will come to grief in such a way during a power struggle later in the narrative? This is a traditional way of offing villains.
I would not wish even on Walker any of the suffering that he is happy to inflict or let Hong inflict on others - but maybe it would be appropriate for him to experience the mental suffering of thinking that he was going to be treated thus? Unpleasant thoughts but such things happen in reality so they should be reflected in fiction.