In the first half of the third chapter ofÂ Wizardâ€™s Holiday, Kit deals with the weirdness of his home. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Young Wizards.
So whatÂ isÂ going on at Kitâ€™s house? The first half of this chapter is more set-up than anything else; I wouldnâ€™t say muchÂ happens. Thatâ€™s okay, though, because now Iâ€™m intrigued. Kit has had unintended consequences on his own home, and this all details that. Thereâ€™s Ponch, obviously, though his development as some sort of wizardry conduit isnâ€™t surprising. The dogs in the neighborhoodâ€¦ well, thatâ€™s a bit more concerning. Clearly, Ponch is much more than a conduit, but why are the dogs soÂ obsessedÂ with him? Do they want wizardry, too? Are they drawn to Ponch out of some desire to be more like him? IS PONCH ABOUT TO BECOME A CULT LEADER????
Okay, now Iâ€™m just being ridiculous, butÂ yâ€™all. The best part of this whole chapter is Carmela. Sheâ€™s a delight as a character, and you can tell that Duane is having a lot of fun exploiting the brother/sister dynamic here. But Carmelaâ€™s brilliance is what intrigues me the most. My understanding of the Speech is that it is something wizards learn over time through usage of it in wizardries. They arenâ€™t granted an automatic knowledge of it, though I suspect being a wizard gives them an advantage and understanding of it that non-wizards donâ€™t have.
And then weâ€™ve got Carmela, who isÂ notÂ a wizard, who has no manual to teach her how to conjugate verbs or string sentences together in the Speech, who is learning the language BY USING CHAT ROOMS ON HER TELEVISION. Look, I can barely comprehend the level of intellect required to pull this off becauseÂ IÂ barely understand the Speech. While the Rodriguez family speaks English the vast majority of the time, I wonder if theyâ€™re bilingual! Is Spanish ever spoken regularly?Â WasÂ it ever spoken? Because that makes me wonder if Carmelaâ€™s knack for the Speech comes fromÂ beingÂ bilingual already.
But letâ€™s say that this is immaterial. That means that Carmela is learning things like verb conjugation, syntax, and translation of the Speech into EnglishÂ entirely on her own, WITH PRACTICALLY NO AID WHATSOEVER. Likeâ€¦Â canÂ older people become wizards? I want to grant her wizardry as a fuckingÂ award, okay???
Anyway, I still feel like most of this chapter is a set-up for whatâ€™s to come. My guess is that Kitâ€™s parents will be perfectly fine with Kit going to Alaalu with Nita, andÂ thatÂ adventure is going to be weird as hell. I, too, was shocked by the reveal that a planet of a billion and a half individuals has justÂ oneÂ wizard in its entire population. So, whatâ€™s different about Alaalu? How have the managed to hold up entropy to the kind of level that means they only needÂ oneÂ wizard? Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m most excited for inÂ Wizardâ€™s Holiday. The cultural differences between Alaalu and Earth are going to be so much fun to explore, and I CANNOT WAIT.
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