So I refer to Marigold as “Marigold” all the time because haha six-foot-whatever-inches-superhot-redhead-I’m-not-going-to-pass-that-up, but it’s made me think about what Lymond calls Will Scott a lot more, especially in light of sgriowrites’ observations about Lymond’s semi-intentional (?) manipulation of the perception of his own sexual preference and what everyone thinks Will Scott is actually following Lymond around for (hint: it’s dat ass.)
So I spent some time poking around in the text and came up with a few interesting observations.
1.) The last time Francis calls Will “Marigold” is at the Ostritch Inn, when he is castigating Will for being too drunk (“Dronken, dronken, y- dronken, a wilted and forfoughten Marigold”). Shortly afterward, Will [DOES THE THING AT THE CONVENT] and leaves Lymond’s service (or at least thinks he has.) Lymond never calls him Marigold again, which is interesting. Sundered trust, broken relationship, or respect at last? More importantly, with Francis, who the sweet hells can tell the difference?
2.) Secondly, Lymond refers to Will as “my Pyrrha” a lot. Now, I always assumed this was a reference to being a redhead (as when Lymond mentions that a bunch of famous historical people were impetuous in their youth and that “red hair makes it worse, of course”) and also that, in this context, Pyrrha was from whom we got the phrase Pyrrhic victory. But today I actually looked it up and nope. Pyrrha’s name was derived from pyrrhus, meaning “flame-colored”, so it is a redhead reference, buuuutt….
In the Greek myths, Pyrrha is a character in a tale sort of equivalent to Noah’s ark, where Pyrrha and Deucalion survive a flood in a ship and then have to create new people by throwing stones over their shoulders. Here’s the hilarious part: Pyrrha was a freakin’ woman. That’s right, Francis Crawford of Lymond has found yet another way to call Will Scott a GIANT GIRLY GIRL.
Even more hilariously, Pyrrha may have been the name Achilles used when he was hiding out among a bunch of women. Implying, yet again, that Will Scott is a huge whiny baby who hides behind girls.
What makes it even better is that Pyrrhic victory comes from Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose name also means red-haired/flame-color, and actually was a dude. So Lymond, when faced with the choice of historical references to make, actively goes for the one that implies Will Scott is: a.) a girl, b.) his faithful wife.
Oh Dunnett. Is there anything you did miss?
(P.S. If you’re a huge nerd and interested in text analysis stuff this copy of GoK will let you search the whole text at once God bless.)