For those of you who have read the Farseer, etc.
So upon discussing Eldering the series with a friend of mine whom was very uncomfortable with Fitz and the Fool’s relationship as well as the Fool’s (lack of) gender identity.
He asked me if the fool loves Fitz in a romantic “man to woman way” and the conversation that resulted was a beautiful assessment of the nature of love and the relationship between the White Prophet and the Catalyst.
Here is my take:
Romantic love is not defined as “man to woman.” A better way to think of the romance that exists between Fitz and the Fool is that the catalyst gives the prophets life meaning. Conversely, the prophet gives the catalyst’s life meaning. To give one’s life meaning, that is one description that encompasses many types of love.
Next, the fool chooses to keep their biological gender an enigma, they are not defined by gender. The fool sees Fitz as a soul, not as a piece of meat to love or not love based on biological gender.
The only place in which their relationship is strained is the realm of sexuality. Fitzgerald perceived the Fool to be male and is uncomfortable with sexual relations that are not heterosexual.
The Fool, who desires Fitz sexually, chooses to be respectful of Fitz’ s discomfort and does not press the issue with Fitz even though it causes them emotional pain. So the fool pushes sexuality to the back burner for Fitz’ s sake. However, this does not stop their relationship from being emotionally intimate and physically affectionate. So, love is not about sex.
So, I want to say thank you to Robin Hobb for writing his beautiful story and giving me such excellent food for thought, and enhancing my life through literature..