Well this is depressing. 🙁
I am not depressed. I am suspicious.
What is a girl able to do, if she is not given a direct order?
It’s the lack of dignity and respect for Lisa that bothers me (among many other things), particularly since previously she’s had a greater degree of freedom before now. It’s like watching a normally happy person turn passive after someone treats them poorly and they just accept the negativity as true.
My feelings toward Vestine are about as close to hate as I ever get, which is saying something. Everyone deserves a chance at redemption, maybe several if they make any effort, but right now I just want to see her pulverized into a smear on the pavement.
You are already forgetting the “epistruct[ure]s” on page 316. Lisa hasn’t had a full “reset to factory settings”. In current technology, the foreground app has been reset but that’s all. Vestine should have had an “oh SHİT” moment when Lisa said she remembered the massacre: if she remembers that, what else does she remember? Her personality is defined by her experiences, her memory of them, and her evaluation of them—look at how her character has developed from early automaton to full-on kick-ass a few pages back. The first two attributes are still intact; her intelligence is there too., so the evaluation will return. If I were Vestine, I’d keep her well away from the butter knife.
Yes, that’s roughly what I meant above.
At worst, Lisa is able to do anything she’s not expressly told not to do. And retains the memories to work with that.
Thank you both for the analysis, I appreciate it! Sometimes I get carried away by emotion, especially when I’m overtired.
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