@wagyubeefy replied to your post “dear GOD okay so just to be clear: Liir wants to speak to Glinda, but…”
please live blog all the gelphie nuggets in this book because i cannot be bothered reading it myself
I got a feeling this will be the last one for a while, but here’s a big passage when Glinda and Liir go to the Wizard’s (now “people’s”) Palace:
“Where you’ll keep your head down and your mouth closed. Are you scared?”
It seemed to personal a question for a woman to ask a boy. Perhaps she realized this. She continued, “I was, the first time I came here. It was with Elphaba. We were older than you are now, but only by a few years. And in many ways we were more naive. Well, I was, anyway. And I was terrified.”
“What happened?” She turned the question to herself, examining it. “History happened, I suppose. We saw the Wizard, and we parted ways–Elphaba went underground, as it were, and… in time, I hugged the limelight.”
LOOK AT HOW HER WORDS SUDDENLY ARE NO LONGER FLUENT LIKE THEY USUALLY ARE. SHE IS STILL SO HURT BY IT ALL!!! and then a few lines later Liir asks:
“Are the mighty deserving of thrones?”
“That’s an Elphaba question, and out of your youthful pouting mouth it sounds preposterous. Like most of her superior cavils, it has no easy answer. How could I know?”
Then, when it’s time to say goodbye Glinda tells him:
“I don’t know that I’ll see you again.. and you remind me so of her.”
“I haven’t Elphaba’s talent,” said Liir simply. “I’m not worth mourning, believe me.” (HmmMMMM i wonder where he got that self-depreciating sense of self from!??!)
“Her power was only part of it,” said Glinda. “She was brave, and so are you.”
Then they look at one another, and he realizes he’d do the “shaming thing” of wanting to feel loved and have Glinda stand in as his mother, and Glinda is described as blinking back tears, probably thinking the same goddamn thing. BUT MORE!!
Because fucking hell, she must’ve figured out by now that Liir is Elphaba’s and more than ever, she must be reminded of her. How Elphaba had abandoned her just after visiting this very palace. How she had looked her in the eye, and Elphaba had kissed her, and kissed her again, and left her. And this scene must be playing over and over again in her head, as she realizes, her love isn’t enough for a second time.
LIKE HIS FUCKING MOTHER LIIR CHOICES “DUTY” OVER LOVE AND I… UGH!! GODDAMMIT!!!! WHEN WILL GLINDA RECEIVE THE LOVE SHE DESERVES!?!?!?
If you need me, I’ll be lying face down on the floor goodbye.