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Apropå schackpjäserna i Kamratfesten, de vackra som Harriet tittat på i dagar och till slut ger lord Peter tillåtelse att köpa till henne. Och som den anonyma brevskriverskan sen slår sönder. (Alla minns dem? Bra, jag tänkte väl det.)
mindmakerI Mind of the Maker berättar DLS om hur hon tog in dessa schackpjäser, eller kanske gåvan som var huvudsaken, som ett led i att relationen Harriet-Peter kunde börja förändras och öppnas upp. Från den pressande tacksamheten i att LPW räddat HV:s liv, till att hon kan komma över sin stolthet. (”Jag får lust att bitas”, som studentskan C formulerar samma känsla.)
Sen var det en läsare som sa till en förvånad Sayers:
I realised, the moment they were mentioned, that those chessmen were doomed.
Sayers fortsätter:
Nothing, when one comes to think of it, could be more obvious from the point of view of plot-structure. I can only affirm (without much hope of being believed) that it was by no means obvious to me. The chessmen were, at first, connected with the characterdevelopment, and with that only. But when the plot demanded their destruction, there they were ready. Though I did at that moment realize that this incident clamped the two parts of the story together in a satisfactory and useful manner, it was not until my reader pointed it out to me that I understood the incident to have been, in actual fact, predestined — that is, that plot and character, each running true to its nature, had inevitably united to bring the thing about.

Det där med att vara trogen sin natur går djupt hos Sayers. En annan person sa till henne:
”I am sure Lord Peter will end up as a convinced Christian.”
”From what I know of him, nothing is more unlikely.”
”But as a Christian yourself, you must want him to be one.”
”He would be horribly embarassed by any such suggestion.”
”But he’s far too intelligent, and far too nice, not to be a Christian.”
”My dear lady, Peter is not the Ideal Man; he is an eighteenth-century Whig gentleman, born a little out of his time, and doubtful whether any claim to possess a soul is not a rather vulgar piece of presumption.”
”I am disappointed.”
”I’m afraid I can’t help that.”

Jag plockar nu russin ur Mind of the Maker, som egentligen främst är en mycket lärd och seriös beskrivning av kopplingar mellan den kristna tron och skapandet, och en författares skapande (treenigheten Idea, Energy, Power).
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