humorless and humorous

Revised Chapter 7 of The Harvest today (not really, this is a scheduled post that will pop up next week) and I realized that I enjoy making Quinn from The Prince of Qorlec and Cricket/Nineveh from A Time of Darkness polar opposites in temperament.

Cricket isn’t funny. In fact, because she becomes so bitter and grim, she gets less and less cheery as the books progress, and it’s the people around her, her friends who are funny.

Meanwhile, Quinn is funny because it’s supposed to be remarkable that someone who was a prisoner of war for twelve years and suffered such torture and humiliation would not only maintain a sense of humor but also maintain compassion for other people. Quinn comes out of imprisonment without racism, while Varzo — who becomes her best friend later — is the exact opposite and is always quick to form biases because she has been hardened (or let herself become hardened) by the world.

Quinn’s sense of humor isn’t a coping mechanism either. It’s just a part of her personality, a joyous part of her spirit that refuses to die, even in the darkest times of her life. And if her joy ever threatens to dwindle, she’s got Thalcu there to support her.

It’ll be interesting trying to figure out how Quinn deals with sadness when she is separated from Thalcu. After book 3 — according to the current outline — she won’t be seeing Thalcu for quite a while.