[Ansteorra] Unto "Gilli"

morebrianna at cs.com morebrianna at cs.com
Mon Aug 26 22:55:41 PDT 2002

I feel I should begin with a cursory introduction. My SCA name is Lady Brianna of Arundel. I have lived within the physical confines of the Shire of Middleford since the end of May and have not yet been introduced to you. I do not take this as a personal affront, just an overlook, I'm sure.

Pleasantries done with, I feel I should introduce what I find to be my more important titles: I am Sir John and Mistress Honor's daughter as well as Sir Samuel's lady. I use their titles merely as a way of identifying exactly to whom I am referring.

You have chosen to publicly slander my mother, cast doubt upon my father, and show hostility toward my lord. Please do not mistake my private response for a lack of emphasism to any of the points I'm about to make, I just don't feel the need for public affirmation, or merely attention, as others may.

#1. You do not know my mother. If you have made any welcoming efforts toward her, I assure you they were not perceivable by her. Again, I am certain that was nothing personal, just probably not in your nature to be warm and welcoming.

#2. "Work party" implies there will be work as well as socializing. (Hence the inclusion of the word "party", I would assume.) Few people choose to socialize in environments where they do not feel warmly welcomed. (Or invited for that matter.)

#3. Unless I am sorely misinformed, you are not a peer. Therefore, while you may have opinions about peerages or individuals, I don't see the appropriateness or necessity to voice these opinions in such a public forum. Whatever your original intent by your comment has been long ago overshadowed by your continuation with the thread in such a dishonorable way.

#4. Whatever your problems may be with Honor, have you ever voiced them with her privately? Have you ever had any kind of private conversation with her? You need not know someone to immediately dislike them, and I support your constitutional right to dislike whomever you please. However, your excersise of your freedom of speech has become slanderous, and I take offense.

#5. The SCA is a VOLUNTEER organization. Anyone who chooses for whatever reason, not to do something is completely within their rights to do so. It's supposed to be fun, after all. I understand the necessity of maintaining a functional infrastructure, but let's not get an overinflated idea of exactly what it is we do here.

I have nothing further. If you feel moved enough by the points I have made to issue an apology I'm certain MANY would deem that appropriate.

- Lady Brianna

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