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Hani induce 'un-Kifish' behavior in Kif



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>From: nancy ott <ott@ansoft.com>
>Subject: cherryhlist
>Date: Mon, 14 Dec 92 11:54:00 EST
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The exception to this kifish "perfidy" [[loyalty only as long as leader has enough sfik - AW]](as the other Compact species view it), Skkukkuk/Vikkktimakkht's loyalty to Pyanfar Chanur, is presented as a new and somewhat un-kifish development. (Perhaps it was caused by his prolonged exposure to the hani?) And anyhow, Pyanfar Chanur hadn't lost sfik yet; being satisfied with his current lofty position, he'd have no reason to desert or turn on her.

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- nancy


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>From: Lesley Grant <lgrant>
>Subject: Re: C. J. Cherryh List
>Date: Wed, 16 Dec 92 9:54:43 GMT
nancy says:
> The exception to this kifish "perfidy" (as the other Compact species
> view it), Skkukkuk/Vikkktimakkht's loyalty to Pyanfar Chanur, is
> presented as a new and somewhat un-kifish development.  (Perhaps it
> was caused by his prolonged exposure to the hani?)  And anyhow,
> Pyanfar Chanur hadn't lost sfik yet; being satisfied with his current
> lofty position, he'd have no reason to desert or turn on her.
Hilfy certainly seemed worried about _sharing_ the lift with him (the word meaning something like "sharing prey")! Skkukkuk is quite definitely shown as an exceptional Kif, and yes, I think it's 'haniization' at work -- in _Chanur's Homecoming_ Pyanfar drives home the advantages of tactics other than force, and watchs the possibilities 'dawn in his narrow Kifish skull'. Having what Sikkukkukt wanted, he is one happy Kif (only happy sfik-filled Kif have senses of humour, and you can't tell me that he wasn't playing a (nasty) joke on Hilfy by setting her audience up exactly the way Sikkukkukt's were :-)

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			Lesley 

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