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Chapter Thirty-Seven Part One
Whew! Getting tense now. I love endings–they’re my favorite parts of books to write. Once, I wrote 16,000 words in one day to finish up a book. (That was my record until I finished Scribbler a few weeks back. I think I did 23k on that book in one day to finish it off.)
We start this chapter off with our only Dockson viewpoint. You’ll notice that it’s a hallmark of my style to start multiplying viewpoint characters as books draw to their climaxes. I like the feeling of chaos it creates, and I like the way it lets me show a lot of sides of what is happening. In addition, it just makes the endings feel more special, since you get to see from eyes you haven’t before.
Elend stays true to character in this scene, coming in with his idealism and his talk of theory and politics. He really did turn out to be a good character, which is why you’re going to see plenty of him later.
Captain Goradel, by the way, is named after my friend Richard Gordon.
The scene with Vin and the Inquisitor is the place where, finally, I got to bring some closure to the Reen plotline. What the Inquisitor says is true. When it came down to the end, Reen didn’t betray Vin. He died before he let that happen.
Reen was not a good person. He beat Vin, he was selfish, and he was conniving. However, he did love his sister. Most of his beatings happened because he was worried that she would expose them somehow and get herself killed. He knew that the Inquisitors were chasing her because of her half-breed nature, and so he uprooted them constantly, moving from city to city. He kept her alive, teaching her to be harsh, but teaching her to survive.
And, in the end–after the Inquisitors got him–he didn’t betray her. That says a lot about him.
The Inquisitor does a little bit of standard villain fair in this chapter, I’m afraid. He monologues for just a bit, then leaves Vin alone with Sazed. There was no getting around this, I’m afraid. At least I think I have a good explanation for why he does what he does. He’s the one who is going to get named head of the Steel Ministry in just a few minutes–so he can’t exactly hang around. In fact, the Inquisitors all really need to be there. The Lord Ruler wouldn’t excuse them to go stand watch on a single half-breed girl.