Awesome, back again with another chapter!
I am getting very, very curious as to the significance of Pansy buying a pug. Perhaps this is one of those cases where a cigar is just a cigar, but I'm kind of hoping that there's some deeper psychological meaning here. I know that Pansy was portrayed in the books as having a pug-like face, and she seems to be finding a certain similarity to the dog's lot in life and her own. If I'm recalling correctly, it was her reflection's idea to buy a pug initially. I'm wondering whether this is some extreme form of psychological self-loathing?
Anyway, I really liked your description of Magical Menagerie. All of the little details that you pick up on and Pansy's reactions to the different animals and the guy who works there were done well. It was interesting how she was looking down her nose at the employee but in the next moment she realized that she would soon be joining him in the work-a-day world.
"Pansy saw in that short phrase the ghost of an illustrious past, when the poor were subservient to the rich, a time that she, unfortunately, had not been born into." - This line is so perfect. It sums up her approach to the world brilliantly.
And then she's searching for the dog that radiates "pugness". Great turn of phrase!
The way that she relates to the pugs was probably my favorite part of the chapter. Again, it speaks to her mental and emotional state and the way that she's feeling in the aftermath of Draco's rejection and her perceived ill treatment at the hands of the rest of the world.
I did find the following line confusing: “At least they have some taste then.” Who has some taste? Were you perhaps planning to have the employee explicitly say that muggles bred pugs instead of Pansy just thinking it? Or is Pansy responding out loud to her own inner dialog? Either way, you might want to clarify this a bit.
So did she name it Astor after Lady Astor, or did you have a different inspiration?
Like Pansy, I am also interested to see how her reflection reacts, if it does at all. Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review again! I really appreciate it.
Haha- I'm glad that you liked the introduction of the pug. I must admit that I hadn't thought too deeply about the pug's presence, though I did include him with a purpose in mind. Pansy originally decided to purchase the pug in the midst of her pity night but her reflection certainly encouraged her!
I'm glad that you liked my description of the shop- I had an interesting time describing it because all of the pet shops I've been in have been nice, clean and orderly, but I didn't imagine this store in that way.
I'm also glad that you liked that line. Pansy's a very interesting character to write, especially after the end of the war, because the side she was backing lost and, in doing so, meant that Pansy also lost her way of life. Worse still, she knows that if she had been born earlier, she would still be living the way she preferred.
As for the "At least" line, I was referring to the Muggles, saying that they, at least, must have some taste for them to breed pugs. I was having her respond more to the implication behind his statement than his actual words... I'll go back and clarify that. Thanks for pointing it out!
No, I didn't name the dog after Lady Astor. I actually don't remember the exact inspiraction for his name, but what comes to mind at the moment is a male version of "Astoria" but I'm not sure that's what I had in mind at the time I wrote it...
Thanks for your review and I'm hoping to have the next chapter out within the week!