marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

slithering in the explanations

Finding places to explain why the children of royalty and nobility do not play with the children of servants, even when they are very young:  because you have to stop the friendships entirely at a relatively young age.

Because this is a mage-ruled kingdom and though everyone can cast spells, powerful mages need special training lest they cause disaster.

Which of course everyone learned at an age so young that they do not remember learning it.  Younger than any of the characters are in the story.

Fortunately, the heroine's mother is thinking she's old enough to actually attend school with children she can play with.

And many readers are no doubt unaware that small children often played with complete disregard for social status.  (You have sermons on the topic of "becoming like a little child" that discuss how they do it.)
Tags: exposition, world-building: aging and coming of age, world-building: magic (effects), world-building: nobility, world-building: royalty, world-building: schools, world-building: social classes

  • Tuscan Folk-Lore and Sketches

    Tuscan Folk-Lore and Sketches, Together with Some Other Papers by Isabella M. Anderton I read it mainly for the folk tales, which are listed up…

  • The Arabian Nights

    The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy Based on one of the older and more unified Syrian manuscripts. It has only two hundred and…

  • Legends of the Fire Spirits

    Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar by Robert W. Lebling An extensive look at the lore. Discusses the oldest…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded