Comments on 'Bitter Knowing'

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Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2012-12-28
I just can't help but feel sorry for both Otter and Newt -- it just never goes smooth for either of them, does it? We've all been in poor Otter's unrequited shoes here (or at least I assume we all have been), and being on the other end of that ain't any easier!
Peggy B.
New! Entered: 2012-07-15
Yaay, finally we know!!! I am happy for Otter... and all the other tribe members who might be interested in this youth but could not approach him because of possible, unknown blood ties.
Most of all I like the unexspected end. I was sure Newt would be interested, too. But no, he is obviously just confused. Thanks for surprising me!
Sofia Lindström
New! Updated: 2014-04-13
Elf relations are so wondefully complicated and Otter and Newt have the most complicated ones of all, to the whole tribe (Otter due to his unknown father, Newt because, well, wrapstuff). I love how that was portrayed here and how he practically spits out "You're my grand-uncle". Love is never an easy emotion and this story explored that very well.
Lyn Cavalier
New! Entered: 2012-04-03
I have to say, I empathize some with Otter here... it was *fun* not knowing. :) Though I do agree that the resemblances are pretty undeniable. It would be really interesting to see Greenweave's reaction!
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2012-03-26
I really liked Otter's reaction here, and the insight that not only were there nice things about being "everyone's son", but it allowed him to "choose" who hsi father was, at least in his own day-dreams, and now he can't do that any more. And I liked how that parallel was drawn between him and Newt. I do hope we get to see the reactions of others in the tribe to this, especially Greenweave and Starskimmer.
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2012-03-26
Oh. Wow. Just wow. I thought that this was such a great story. I love all the different emotions - and the way you take Otter from being on (semi) level ground with the elders (or at least bold enough to playfully berate them) to being all sullen and cub-like in the next scene. So realistic for those sort of turbulent discoveries. My heart goes out to him. Poor guy, having to deal with all that wanting and frustration. Interesting twist on the Newt/Otter relationship though, and Newt's happy acceptance of finding a brother (oh his optimism in everything is just so adorable) is painfully sweet.
Mareike Heilemann
New! Entered: 2012-03-20
Now we know ... But it seems as if everyone wasn't that happy about it - well, except for Cloudfern who's clearly enjoying himself here ^^. I really liked how One-Leg and True Edge were so reluctant to let go of their hopes, but in the end they were not able to deny it.

Poor Otter, I can understand that he didn't really want to know. (I found it kind of sweet that he would have liked One-Leg to be his father.) And then he had to suffer another disappointment on top of that ... As much as this is painful and complicated for Otter and Newt, I kind of like it - it's very believable for both of them, and for us as readers it certainly promises some more interesting stories in the future!
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2012-03-20
Thank you for this Whitney. I for my part really enjoyed the story. There are again so many things I like about this. Like Cloudfern's smug and kinda proud attribute about his discovery and how the other two react to the news. I guess that was a hard day for everyone who held their hopes up (and point goes to Notch I wonder how many bets he won that moment. I remember he did set his money on this outcome long ago)

Also liked Otter's frustration here. It's so believable that he isn't all happy with it and I love this line in particular: "Otter sullenly upturned another rock, then another, less interested in foraging for shellfish than he was in the joy of simple destruction."

I know that feeling so well.
Poor Otter. At right on top of that News he has to suffer again. That can't be a good day and the hope for something sweet then went sore again.
But also felt for Newt. This might lead to more stories and I guess this relationship just got complicated. More complicated then it should be for young people.

Thank you so much again Whitney.
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