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Review:tabula_rasa says:
By the time I finished reading this chapter, I was officially in love with how you carved Ettie out. It's absolutely amazing how she is very aware, internally, of how she is not the best person around but there is no self-pity there, which would have been annoying. There is this strong defiance instead, as if she's almost challenging us to reconsider whether there is any fairness in expecting everyone to be brave and noble. And there is the pragmatic streak which she is battling with. She is only doing what is sensible, the course open to those who don't hang out with the heroes or never quite feel at home with them and she knows it. But at the same time she's not the kind of character who is a layover. You see that in her sharp replies and the simmering dissatisfaction with her life. I like this chapter the best, because in a very subtle way it sets the stage for what she's going to do in the next chapter and also shows us that she is capable of feeling, that she is trying very hard to connect.

It also made me think of how cruel Hermione's actions were, we can justify it given the context but it was also very primordial, physically marking a traitor. I love Reg and even though you kind of feel Ettie's frustration very strongly, it doesn't compare to the half-there fears that Reg voices. Also because we know what's going to happen at the hearing, it makes it all the more gutting to read his fears. I can't really explain why I like this chapter best, probably because it does the task of bridging the beginning and the ending so superbly, it fills in the blanks but leaves enough questions so that you're not entirely sure of where Ettie stands but you also have a sense of where she's heading. I'm sorry if that doesn't make sense but basically, I love a story where you can say, 'aha! she did that' and this chapter helps me say that when I read the next chapter.

Okay, I'll just apologize for the long and rambling review and thank you for writing this amazing chapter!

Author's Response: Hello again! ♥

Oh, thank YOU for reading and leaving yet another wonderful review! I'm delighted that you like this chapter best; I've always been worried about this one - if it was too long and started to drag a bit, but your comments are really reassuring! This chapter is indeed a transition between the first and final chapters. I did enjoy writing this part a lot because I got to work on Ettie's character a lot more, as well as on her interactions with Reg. Your analysis of Ettie's character and motivations were absolutely wonderful, and you're pretty much spot-on with them. Being a working adult isn't the easiest thing for Ettie, but still, her situation is far easier than what folks like Mary Cattermole are going through.

Hermione's actions were indeed harsh, but I'd be lying if I said that Ettie didn't deserve it, at least partially. She sold out the DA and was indirectly responsible for Dumbledore's flight from Hogwarts, which led to a further onslaught of problems for the Trio.

I completely get what you're saying about the 'aha! she did that' bit; thank you! This is such a perfect compliment! Always love it when the character motivations and actions click together and make sense for the reader. You understand Ettie so well!

Apologise nothing! This was an absolutely fabulous review, and I loved it. Thank you once again for reading my little story until the ending and for your wonderful feedback. ♥

-teh


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