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Chapter Thirty-Three Part Two
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To be honest, I’m not sure if Vin’s right–if Kelsier should have stayed back from the trying to save the people–or not. It’s certainly the more heroic thing to try and save them. This scene is to show that Vin still has a little bit of her Reen-crafted selfishness (or, maybe self-preservation-ness) left in her. Kelsier is ready to risk everything for his friends. You can debate whether this impulse is foolish, but I think it’s noble.
Vin’s sin here isn’t deciding that going after them would be too dangerous. It’s how quickly she jumps to this decision, and how powerless she decides that she is. She’s not a coward, nor is she ungrateful. She’s just lived on the street too long. In a situation like this, her first instinct is not to fight, but to flee. (Just like it was when the army got attacked by the garrison a few chapters back.)
By the way, the reason the Lord Ruler’s army attacked Renoux was not because they broke Marsh. It’s because the Inquisitors–still tracking Vin–finally managed to trail her to House Renoux, and therefore to Valette Renoux. They hit the convoy, fully expecting her to be on it. When she wasn’t, they devised their trap, knowing that Kelsier would come for his friends. They never even suspected that the team had managed to get a mole into the Ministry ranks.
We’re gearing up for some pretty spectacular fight scenes, if I do say so myself. The short one in this chapter is a good one. However, there’s much more to come.
I’d been waiting to pit Kelsier against an Inquisitor since the early chapters, where he led that one on a chase. Part of the reason I didn’t show that chase is because I wanted the reader to anticipate this moment themselves. I also didn’t show Kelsier fighting the Inquisitors in the palace the night that Vin was wounded. In short, I wanted to save the scene of a fight between them until Kelsier could really give it his all, actually fighting.
It took a lot to get him into a direct fight. However, push Kelsier far enough, and he’ll snap. When he does. . .well, you’ll have to read on.