Flights of grandiosity

By Kate. September 3rd, 2010

In the seventh installment of The Immortal Blair, titled Bondage to a Mortal, Blair’s language becomes grandiose and inflated. The details aren’t entirely believable, but we’re inside Blair’s mind, and the dreamlike nature of the tale expresses his state of mind.

We’re supposed to believe that Menniss has rammed Blair’s car, and that the bumpers have hooked together. This is surely impossible in real life, and so it must represent a fantasy representation of Blair’s. Maybe Menniss actually bumped him. Maybe he only drove up close. But Blair at least imagines that the two cars are attached, and the following thoughts go through his mind:

Bondage to a mortal through the medium of metal.  Perishable eternal life hitched to a man who has nothing to lose.  Because what does a mortal risk when he risks his life?  A brief flash of years, no more. But I have infinity to lose.  No transient dying man shall disturb the line of my life.  And the universe shall smile on me, its most perfect creation.

The inflated language, the grandiosity, the exaggeration: all these demonstrate Blair’s extreme narcissism. In a previous post, Flyss took issue with this diagnosis. She suggests that he’s not narcissistic by nature, and that he’s just closed down as a response to the pain and loss in his life. But the two concepts are not contradictory. Unlike psychopaths, narcissists do feel pain. They’re not numb. However, they respond pathologically to that pain. Healthy people grow emotionally; they learn to reach out and connect to others. But narcissists respond to pain by loving themselves and no one but themselves.

That’s Blair in a nutshell. He’s a completely typical narcissist in all ways but one: Most people don’t possess an ageless, perfect body, and have to represent the cherished self more imaginatively, in terms of fame, or wealth, intelligence or beauty. Blair, uniquely, has a literal perfection to turn to. — Kate

P.S. For reasons that are hard to understand, narcissists are often irresistibly seductive. Any young bisexual women around here getting a bit seduced? :-)

2 Comments

  1. c says:

    it’s not seduction. it’s mind control. the art of thought transference… anyone can practice it but blair seems skillful at it esp when he’s been doing this for a few hundred years.

  2. Observer says:

    “Any young bisexual women around here getting a bit seduced?”

    Absolutely! *pokes Flyss* XD

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