Sunday, 10 April 2016
Tying Up Loose Ends II
Chapter XXI (pp. 301-302) ties up loose end (ii) and Chapter XXII (pp. 303-310) ties up loose end (iii).
Rover crew member Carita Fenger is one formidable woman:
Jinxian, i.e., from the human colony planet, Jinx, in the Sirian System;
short and nearly as broad with massive limbs and other bodily features;
ebony skin not from African ancestry but from generations under Sirius;
hair normally sun-bleached white but now straw colored;
broad nose, big mouth and close brown eyes;
"attractive," not to me but apparently so because usually cheerful.
She has sex with two guys and tries to befriend the up-tight Markham not for sex although, when he asks if that is what she is suggesting, she is prepared to give it a go! (He is not.) Her physical and personal awesomeness are made clear on p. 211 of Man-Kzin Wars III, p. 211. Why am I listing Carita's attributes now? Because she knows exactly how to resolve the issue of loose thread (ii): something is developing between the married Captain Saxtorph and the passenger, Tyra Nordbo. Carita lends Tyra her current boyfriend.
(iii) Saxtorph identifies and neutralizes a traitor.