I’ve recently come across scads of postage stamps.
The 1.7 people who txt me, you’re getting responses the ol fashioned way.
"The reform of Russian letters, today we encounter some problems when using our Cyrillic alphabet…Our italics t, g, p, d is drastically different from the Russian version. Russians during the reform letters took the form of pure Latin, and with them the letters are written as t, g, p, d. For them, these forms are standard, but with us are not eligible because we use equally and Latin and Cyrillic, and we tend to read these letters as Latin.
There’s a lot of meta knocking around that boils Cersei down to a failed mother and failed queen, that she tries to be everything and succeeds at nothing because, as a woman, you can’t have it all.
Even though, we’re told that we can.
But, that’s reductionist and weirdly totally missing the point of Cersei Lannister: Queen-Regent, Politico, Mother, and Lioness of Casterly Rock.
Because, as much as Cersei is not in any universe a good person—boy-howdy, is Cersei not a good person—she’s also so much more than a lot of the characters in the A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) universe are—a dark mirror of how, but for the grace of the Thing High Atop The Thing, goes all the women in it.
Pretty much all we know about Cersei for the first three novels comes from other people’s perspectives and expectations of Cersei: Cersei is trapped in Ned, Tyrion, Catelyn, and Sansa’s (even Arya’s) lenses of who and what she is and how they see her.
Cersei, Robert’s Wife.
Cersei, The Cold, Hostile Older Sister.
Cersei the Benevolent, Gentle Queen cum Cruel, Sadistic Queen-Regent.
Cersei, The Woman Who Killed Ned.
We don’t get Cersei’s perspective of herself until A Feast for Crows, and by then, Cersei is spiraling into instability.
And, really, can any of us blame Cersei for her paranoia and distrust of everyone around her?”