Sigh. Again, having worked out the code beforehand is irrelevant. The alphabet is a code. Claiming that there can be no misunderstanding because they worked out the code in advance, is like claiming that people cannot misunderstand coded messages in the Alphabet because it is being written by the inventor or has been worked out in advance. People misunderstand coded Alphabet messages all the time, even though most people spent 12 years or more training in the Alphabet. I'm absolutely sure that the inventor of the alphabet misunderstood his student's messages periodically.
People really misuse the concept "bad writing" there are more than two options here you know? Having the MtTA misunderstand Maggies message doesn't necessarilly spell Parson's doom, it can dramatically increase the tension when Parson has a confrontation with them however. It could lead to a schism in TMtTA. That would be interesting, although it would delay Parson's arrival even longer
Sigh. Sure, the alphabet can be used as a code, but that's really not the point. Maggie could be speaking to Isaac in guttural-clickings for all that
matters...but to each his own. And yes, there can be (and often are) miscommunications using letters on a very regular basis. Even when things aren't
in code. That's gonna happen regardless of careful planning. lol.
The point I was trying to make is that, like I stated before, this is a group of individuals who supposedly 'Think Alike'. These Thinkamancers are casters who either support Parson or oppose Parson. If you're not for him, you're against him...if anyone disagrees with that part of my post, there's no reason to debate/argue with me. That's something I'm very set about. There's no middle-ground in war.
The entire purpose of my post was to say this: Maggie wants to protect Parson. Maggie 'Thinks' like these Thinkamancers. Maggie trusts these Thinkamancers. It'd just be stupid to throw us a curve-ball at this point...a blunt and silly analogy, if you will: if the FBI were to send a coded message to the Secret Service which read, "The President is flying from Washington D.C. to Iraq. Protect", what do you think the Secret Service would take out of that? To protect Iraq or to protect the President?
Oh, no, I'm using the concept of "bad writing" quite well. There aren't two options; there's good writing or there's bad writing. No middle-ground in war, no middle-ground in writing.
. Sure, the outcomes might be good or bad for the story, but how in the world will Rob explain the Thinkamancers, called by Maggie, opposing Parson? "Whoops, Maggie was totally wrong about this entire group of people. She accidentally risked her Chief Warlord's/Sizemore's lives because Isaac had a really good poker face"? There's no tension to be had. The only tension present is the kind people are adding by speculating that Isaac is there to slap Parson down.
I'm not saying Rob can't write it well -- I have the utmost faith in Rob writing us an amazing story... but given our present information, it just strikes me as stupid to add in a few pages of conflict with the Thinkamancers for some faux-excitement.
, you're not supposed to pick apart my hastily constructed examples...it makes it seem like I don't know what I'm talking about. You're shattering my illusion!!
. Its been a few years since I read the books, but I seem to remember Gandalf not trusting Saruman near the climax of their arc...somethingsomething greed and somethingsomething studying dark thingies. It's blurry, but I'm quite positive there was never that unequivocal trust we're seeing between Maggie/Isaac. I could be wrong...if I am, I'm sure there's another example from the Chronicles of Narnia I could use. I dunno.