Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Falkayn And Flandry
One difference is that Falkayn works for a profit-making outfit whereas Flandry works for his government. This makes me feel more in tune with Flandry. The job that I retired from was with Lancashire County Council. I was happy to work for the County that my family lives in rather than for a private organization. What I might do if I had to earn a living in the Solar Commonwealth of Falkayn's period I discussed here.
Both Falkayn and Flandry have:
been electronically crammed with the Merseian language, Eriau;
spent time in Ardaig on Merseia;
worked with Merseians - in Flandry's case, on Talwin;
found it expedient to cooperate with an unsavory customer, Falkayn with Haguan Eluatz and Flandry with Leon Ammon, two corpulent but canny crooks.
Each had an exceptional mentor, Nicholas van Rijn and Max Abrams, respectively. Falkayn married van Rijn's granddaughter whereas Flandry, eventually, married Abrams' daughter. Van Rijn was Catholic, Abrams Jewish and our two worthies non-religious. I am sure that other comparisons and contrasts will emerge.