Gently slips the rhetorical knife in, and then there comes the fatal twist at the end. I wouldn't be Nienelen for the world.
No, not a comfortable position at all, but one full of compromises that pit the heart against the head. That tension has so much potential in it to explore human relationships and character development.
I'm so tickled you're reading, particularly as it was this passage:
"I have been asked if there was no one at all that I would get a child on, in or out of marriage."
"Gilraen never remarried, nor shall she ever: she loved my father so. And though for long I knew nothing more of Arathorn than that, have you any idea of what that means to a lad? I would be to the mother of my children what my father was to my mother, and I cannot see myself as able to do that if it is a union, or even a marriage, only in order to get heirs."
that bit me about the ankles and made me write No Man's Child. I don't suppose it sounds familiar, does it? :D