Look at me posting before the next week’s thread is up for a change!
Such a great observation, hadn’t caught up on that. It makes very literal the idea that in this society everyone has blood on their hands… and how easy it can be to slide from passive resistance to an idea to active participation.
While I wasn’t that surprised by the sister’s pick - thanks in part to @Phryne excellent prediction - I do feel in some that this is the easy way out, i.e. the sister will never really have to deal with the emotional consequences for her killing. She has no personal connection to the victim, and she will not have to have to deal with any close family or friends vs. picking someone she knew. While I have had some sympathy for her as a character, it also strikes me as somewhat cowardly.
I was intrigued how after being jumped by Sakiko, Ikuko downplays the scuffle - one small mercy towards Sakiko. While the book seems to imply that escape is damn near impossible, I do wonder if Sakiko’s connection to the resistance society (can’t remember the name off the top of my head) might make an escape at least somewhat possible… then again, there are only 20 pages left, so probably not!
Finally: Miseki’s religious turn was a bit chilling. I can just imagine her starting the spread of the practice of praying to the 産み人 and helping to found a new state religion…
Struggling a bit with the part in bold - Jisho says that 楽にする means to give comfort to, so does it mean that she had already decided to choose someone who she could “gift” some peace to?