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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Princess Leia's Hospitality

In case you're wondering, that's
Princess Leia on the bottom right.
But you knew that, didn't you?

In The Lost Ones, volume 3 of Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta’s Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series, Jacen and Jaina travel back to Coruscant on a break from their training at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy on Yavin 4.  One evening they invite their friend Zekk, a street urchin, to join them in the palace for dinner.  Zekk arrives in his best clothes, and enters the dining room with Han Solo, Princess Leia, their children Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin, and the family of the visiting ambassador from Karnak.  The formalities and proprieties are observed, and then dinner is served. 

Zekk devours everything set before him.  He finds the tastes strong, the textures pleasing, and the selections of much higher quality than he usually enjoys.  Then C-3PO notices that what Zekk mistook for a colorful selection of greens was actually a bouquet set before each diner.  Seeing that Zekk is mortified, Leia breaks in on C-3PO’s fussing and says, “I’m glad you liked the salad, Zekk.”  She takes a frilly purple-green leaf and munches it contentedly.  Han’s eyes bulge at his wife’s behavior.  Then he unexpectedly jerks, and with another glance at his wife, begins to eat his bouquet.  The children follow suit, and soon everyone around the table has devoured their salads

I imagine most of us had mothers who worked hard to make our friends feel welcome.  But has there ever, in the history of mankind, been a mother who treated her children’s guests, in so royal or noble a fashion, as Princess Leia?

I wonder what the authors' mothers were like, to have inspired Kevin and Rebecca to depict such a response.  I mean…wow.

Pondering a truly noble mother,
Dragon Dave

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