I like that the soldier doesn't seem to have any prejudices at all towards the Southron, and does, in fact, seem to be worried about the other man's health.
I'm glad you like them; I like them too! I might need to write some more about them, in fact.
I'd think that having someone more or less looking out for you after you were both just killing the hell out of each other on the battlefield would be moderately to extremely confusing.
Yeah, seriously, though it would certainly give him a good impression of the Gondorians as human beings. I imagine that Sauron fed all sorts of lies about the Gondorians and Rohirrim to the Haradrim, Khandians, etc. (Just as the Gondorians, or at least Narrator, seem to be misinformed about the enemy.) This is a good opportunity to set the record straight, on both sides.
Dude, don't make people stand on the upper walls of Minas Tirith.
But it's so much fun! Valacar, however, seems to agree with you.
This is a lovely little exchange. I like Narrator is insistent that it has to mean something, because of course it meant something deeply psychological to her when she killed a man.
Well, to be completely fair, she may or may not have unnecessarily maimed him. She didn't kill him, outright. Splitting hairs, I know. :p I'm glad you like this conversation, though I think I may end up cutting it down a bit (not that exchange, though) as it now reads as quite long and rambly, to me. I wouldn't say that it meant nothing to Valacar, necessarily; he just might not be willing to share it with her.
It is interesting that she classifies that particular action of Valacar's as "killing", when IIRC, she didn't characterize other forms of euthanization that way.
This was actually a discussion several us had on the forums when that issue was first raised, re: passive versus active euthanasia and how we classify it. (Interesting, but rather grim, needless to say.) My views on the issue are still rather grey, even if Narrator's are not, in this case; though I tend to be sympathetic to Valacar.
Yes, when things like that come out of her mouth, it's no wonder he doesn't know what to say to her anymore. I'd like very much to know how she was long before the Siege, when she was new to training in the Houses and much younger.
To be fair to her, she probably wouldn't say things like that to anyone besides him. Theirs is quite a strange little relationship. I would say that when she was younger, she was, um, much more normal. A very sweet kid.
Thank you very much for your detailed comments--quite thoughtful, indeed!