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Wednesday, December 4th, 2002
|This assignment will follow me for my entire life!
The great ones mock me!
"Your friends are: insomniac Cani? ultra-loyal Rassimel? Sleeth pretending to be civilized? Sythyry, your first set of questions does not seem to work very well to predict peoples' species, if they aren't willing to tell it right in the first place.
"As for your second and third questions: your analysis of the data is actually right. More of your friends have said that they will marry
across species than will date
across species. You have, it seems, taken up with a pack of perverts, degenerates, transaffectionates, musicians, libertines, actors, adventurers, rakes, ne'er-do-wells, and, perhaps, if your tastes are sufficiently poor, fops.
"Your fourth question is vanity, pure and simple. Two things are fortunate here: first that people generally did not consider you to be flirting; second that your analysis is simply useless.
"Which is to say that, imprimus, you have to do this exercise a third time; and, secundus, you should associate with a more respectable quality of person."
Current Mood: annoyed
Which are you?
Transaffectionate [attracted to people of different species, or same species and same gender -bb]
Say more if you would like:
Which would you be ashamed to be?
Which would you be ashamed to even associate with?
Which, on the contrary, would you aspire to be?
Say more if you would like:
Which ones would you consider that I am at risk of becoming?
If you would be so kind, please rate my professor's open-mindedness and generosity of spirit. (1 = severely insufficient; 10 = excessive)
Mean: 3.57 Median: 3 Std. Dev 2.12
Why is it so much worse to take up with fops than perverts, degenerates, transaffectionates, musicians, libertines, actors, adventurers, rakes, and ne'er-do-wells?
Clothes are much more expensive than the entertainments of the other sorts.
A Zi Ri would look ridiculous wearing much more than ribbons.
Foppery leads, by mysterious ways, to all other degeneracies.
Fops are not particularly worse, save in the estimation of selected Rassimel.
Foppery cannot be concealed -- the fop's very clothing gives zir away on the street. The others, at least, may be done privately and discreetly.
Or is there some other reason, which you may now remind me of:
If you would be so kind, imagine a Rassimel -- a Rassimel with fairly faint rings of dark brown fur against medium-brown fur, and with an irregular mask loosely slapped over his eyes, but, nonetheless, a Rassimel of middle age and some fairly high academic position wherein he may review students' labors. Imagine further that this Rassimel wears three ivory studs in his left ear, a single hezarion serpent ear-crest over his right, and the tips of his whiskers have small green-and-purple sparks dancing upon them. He wears an overjacket of filigreed silk in a dark green, with not one but two academic emblems on his shoulders. Under that, there is some sort of tunic with a wide floppy collar in green and orange. His skirt is of the same fabric as his overjacket, and adorned with tasteful darts of red fur here and there. A copper-beaded garter of the same red fur graces his left knee. His socks are embroidered with geometrical implements, done in geometrical precision. His sandals have straps of red leather which match the fur, and his ankle-ribbons are of a dark green and purple. Is such a gentleman at risk of becoming a fop? (1=no risk at all; 10=he may, if his luck is sufficiently poor, already be a fop)
Mean: 8.53 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.87
And musicians -- which musicians are they referring to?
Sir Norwulf Bismisarde, master of the Ducal Chamber Ensemble, who, in his younger days, slew a nycathath in the deep Verticals.
The entire Ducal Chamber Ensemble: a group of courtiers, judges, and army officers who, from time to time, divert the Duke with their performances.
Delcamerax: a great hulking Gormoror bard, whose lightning-encrusted battleaxe cuts just as deeply as her tragic sagas.
The Herethroy chorus of Kingston -- which is to say, the entire population of Kingston, in their nightly communal singings. (Or, for that matter, just about every Herethroy I've ever met.)
The buglers who marshal the Vheshrame city guard.
If it is somebody else, who?
Shall I tell these musicians of my professor's opinion of them?
If you would be even kinder, please rate my professor's chances of prospering after a detailed encounter with the aforementioned musician.
(1 = quite low indeed; 10 = quite high indeed)
Mean: 2.93 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.93
How urgent is it for me to associate with a better grade of people?
(1 = not urgent; 10 = dreadfully urgent)
Mean: 3.00 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.93
And, finally, what sort of better grade of person shall I try to associate with?
Barristers and Judges
Officers of the City Guard
Priests (of the kindlier gods)
The local heads of the Cani clans
Wizards and sorcerers