Does anyone else find it ironic that Faerie—which is all wild and crazy and full of magic—is governed by all
kinds of rules? There are rules about how magic works, and rules of etiquette,
and laws binding different species to act in certain ways.
When Tristran saves Yvaine's life at the inn-of-doom, for
instance, she is now honor-bound to accompany him always, because that's how
things work with her people, the stars. And Lady Una is bound to be a slave
until impossible-sounding conditions are fulfilled, but once those come true,
she's free. What's more, according to the rules, she has to be paid for all her
work. Them's the breaks. Keep an eye out for rules and other ordering devices
since there are more than you'd suspect.
Questions About Rules and Order
- Why do you think no one is allowed to pass through the wall except on market days?
- What do you think Septimus would have done if he weren't
honor-bound to kill the witch-queen (since she murdered his brother)?
- How does Tristran help fulfill the conditions for his mother's
release (knowingly or not)?
- If you had to describe the rules by which magic works in
three words, which would you choose?
Chew on This
The rule of hospitality (be nice to your guests) is the most
important rule in <em>Stardust</em>.
Magic is governed by rules in <em>Stardust</em> in order to maintain some order in an
otherwise chaotic world.