[quote=Estelle Knoht]For what its worth, Mr Spices stated that any love stories that arise from anything Jack-of-Smiles did are invalid and unacceptable. I have suspected that is because the cause - Jack itself - is something that was tainted with the intention of creating stories for the Bazaar.
The Provost’s stories are flat out unacceptable too, because it is not even genuine love so much as the Provost trying to help the Bazaar. But the Masters do appreciate his effort.
Mr Fire’s attempt to extend the romance in Affair of the Box are mostly likely due to his misguided attempt to satiate the Bazaar - he isn’t interested in the Bazaar’s mission to find a real love story.
He isn’t sabotaging the Bazaar’s effort, at least not now. Love stories are drying up in London, so he is playing for time by forcing love stories to go on, useless or not, since the Bazaar won’t move on until it milks London dry. He wants the Bazaar to stick around London forever so he can keep being the Captain of Industry - my guess for his permanent solution would be the M-M33 from Light Fingers.
The Bazaar has a couple of requirements - the story must be of genuine love, and it must not be initiated by people supportive of the Bazaar’s mission. Most of these stories won’t make it without outside help, but there aren’t that many innocent people that help finish them. Which is why you get rewarded for finishing the Regretful Soldier’s love story.
This post was very helpful. Thanks!
So, I was told Mr. Fires wants the Bazaar to stay in London as long as possible, but I was confused about whether his meddling was intentional sabotage of the love stories or not. It seems like a Master of the Bazaar would know better. In my mind, if the Bazaar doesn’t find a suitable love story, it can’t leave, so ruined ones achieve his goal of delaying the Bazaar, too. That was my interpretation, anyway. I never finished Affair of the Box because I’m using it to grind Mourning Candles. Do you have echoes from where it lays out Mr. Fires’s schemes?
The Smiles case makes things so much more confusing. If the intention behind a story can ruin every other stories that touch it, how in the world do people like Millicent and the agent from The Waltz that Moved the World operate? It would have to take some extreme subtlety and careful monitoring of your thoughts and motivations, wouldn’t it?
Also, can you elaborate on this? By innocent people, do you mean people not affiliated with the Bazaar, or…?