pm123 wrote:I suspect much of that sentiment is due to Stanley still being under the influence of Maggie's suggestion. He even seems to doubt his thoughts while thinking them, as if Maggie's overriden his usual mentality for awhile.
The thing to remember is that a suggestion spell is just that, a suggestion
. It's been stated that it's not
mind control, that the caster tells the subject to do something, and they provide their own justifications for doing it. Furthermore, it has to build off aspects that are already present. It does not "turn a dullard into a genius, or a mouse into a maniac." If Stanley didn't have SOME respect for Parson, nothing Maggie could do would give him any.
All Maggie told Stanley to do was 1) promote Parson and 2) leave for a while. Stanley could have justified his staying away with anything, from wanting to finish his sandwich first, to not wanting to spend the shmuckers to promote another Chief Warlord AGAIN. Instead, he went with trust.
Even if Maggie is amplifying it, there's still something there.