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Vengeance vs. Forgiveness

I've been reading recent threads on MacLeod, and the question of whether he judges others. My own question, inspired by a vid idea that is eating my brain, has to do with vengeance.

I'm not concerned with MacLeod killing Immortals for being a threat to Mortals right now. I want to look at his response when another person has harmed him or people he cares about. I welcome any form of response and discussion, up to pelting with gummy bears. But I'm going to start the conversation with a simple list of cases in which it seems to me he responded with vengeance, and times he did not.

Vengeance on:
Kanwulf for the death of Ian MacLeod
Earl of Rosemont for the massacres after Culloden
Kern for the death of Little Deer
Xavier for killing Hamza El Kahir

Forgiveness of:
Kage with personal betrayal and the deaths of the nuns and orphans
the Mortal boy who killed Tessa
possibly Methos ("I want him to live!")

a bit of both for:
Haresh Clay for the killing of Graham Ashe

Ideas? Comments?

Comments

gryphonrhi
Jun. 22nd, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
If there's one guy Duncan let go that I think he never should have, it's David Keogh. The guy was nuts. And there's no way he wasn't going to hurt someone else, eventually.

Hmm. On that same line, the one woman I think Duncan should never have let go is Annie Devlin, for precisely the same reasons: sooner or later, she's going to hurt someone. ::eyes that:: David Keogh and Annie Devlin... *not* a match made in heaven. Eep!