Talk:Dutiful

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About Fitz' feelings towards the fact that he is Dutiful's "biological" father. This is just my opinion, and I'd like to hear others before we make changes to the article or decide not to. It is my understanding that the lack of comments about this subject by Fitz doesn't mean it wasn't terribly important to him. I got the impression that he was just being a) very, very careful not to let the truth out and therefore not committing it on paper and b) feeling quite uncomfortable about what had happened and thus not thinking much about it (we've seen this defense mechanism in him before, haven't we?). He says to the Fool (in FE) that he didn't understand/realize what was going to happen when he promised Verity that he could use his body and stresses that it is very important that noone else should find out the truth. I can't give you direct quotes because my re-reading is still under way, but I think there are several times in the TM trilogy where Fitz is sad over the fact that he can never be the real father for *either* of his real children, "only" Hap. --Mervi 00:32, 26 April 2006 (EEST)

This is clumsy writing on my part. What I meant by this comment is that Dutiful's father wasn't important to the future of the Farseer's. No matter who sired Dutiful, he is still the heir to the Farseer throne and the Fool's prophesy would still be able to take place. Of course, Fitz appears to be more then wistful that he cannot be important in his son's life. It's a give away that when Fitz doesn't mention something overly much, it means it probably is an issue that he is more emotionaly attached to. Like with Nettle, he distanced himself from Dutiful. It also I think shows that he wanted to be a father during the whole 'Piebald kidnappers' debackle, and he had to see his son acting the way he did towards him. I could go on like this all night. A fairly major clean up of this paragraph is in order, for sure. Voici 00:49, 26 April 2006 (EEST)
Or it could be a misunderstanding from my part. Anyway, I do agree with you that no matter which one is considered the "real father", Dutiful still is of the Farseer blood.--Mervi 00:54, 26 April 2006 (EEST)