So many people would have had Pansy completely break down in this, and you didn't and I really loved that. She was insanely worried about what would happen to her, desperate and trapped, but she didn't break. Because she was taught to always hold her composer. She was taught to act like a lady, an adult, at all times and never succumb to the weak emotions that muggles seem to have.
I really liked too that you had the elf unable to apparate Pansy away. I always assumed in the Mafloy Manner, the wards were set up so that a witch or wizard wasn't able to apparate in or out. And they didn't. An elf did. But in this case, *Pansy* isn't allowed to leave. Even on the arm of an elf.
I feel like she's very much the adult with her mother. Possibly her mother has lived the charmed life Pansy dreams of, so she'd have no reason to understand at first? It made me feel a bit sorry for this girl that has been taught to box herself up, but not sorry enough to relate to her. Which is good, because if I could relate to Pansy Parkinson on chapter 2, I'd say something was wrong ;).
The small detail about the spell being added for the light when she was young. I found myself really curious as to why exactly the spell was added. I mean for being afraid of the dark, of course, but I mean. Was it added because she was scared and her parents didn't want her to feel frightened? Or was it added because her parents grew tired of her waking and coming into their room in night. I only wonder because I think whichever way, it would tell a lot about their characters.
And the Princess castle is now her prison. What an awesome idea. I think her despair at the thought of being trapped really added a human quality, and she continues to impress me with her logic.
She's right, the Ministry would use it against her if she tried to act against their orders. And I feel like her knowing that really just shows how much she does pay attention, how aware of things she is.
I'm very impressed with how well your characterizing her. I'm curious as to what she looks like in your head? I always wondered if how we were seeing her through Harry was accurate..
Author's Response: Back to respond to another of your absolutely fantastic reviews!
I'm so happy that you liked how I wrote Pansy in this chapter! You hit the nail right on the head when you suggested that it was because she was raised to always hide her emotions, her weaknesses... Even in the privacy of her manor she wouldn't break down.
When I was writing this I had to figure out ways that would make it impossible for Pansy to escape from the manor. After all, if the Ministry had placed her under house arrest, she could hardly have an easy escape, now could she? The solution I came up with was that the Ministry placed wards on the house that prevented Pansy (and her mother) from leaving them in any manner.
Haha- I'm not sure if I relate to Pansy in chapter 23. I understand her well enough, that's for sure, but I don't think that I have any common experiences with her. It will be interesting to see if your view of her changes over the course of the novel...
I can't remember exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the ball of light for her. However, reflecting upon it now, I can say that I think that they would have given it to her because she was (slightly) spoiled as a child. It wouldn't have been a huge concession and it would have kept her in her rooms, as you suggested.
Ah, yes- and the castle will continue to be her prison for some time yet... :)
I'm not sure how well I can answer your question about how she looks... Often I just imagine parts of a character as I'm writing- enough to write the details of a scene, but not enough to form an entire picture (I know that that might sound extremely weird but oh well...). Anyway, in my mind Pansy is short, with fingers thicker than what could be called 'thin' (and I do realize that that is a strange detail). She does have a short nose and her hair is black, though I occasionally imagine it to be blonde. She's not exactly graceful- she has the type of grace that comes from training and does not come naturally. Hmm. I'll add more details as I think of them, I guess.
Anyway, thank you once again for reviewing and I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond!