Great work! Even now, years later, I catch myself reciting: Give him a name And leave him awhile Veil may live to be evil and vile Though I hope my prediction will fail And evil so vile Will not live in Veil.
I seem to recall flinging the book a short distance in an uncommon fit of temper, yes.
Not so much from her conclusion that Veil was bad: because everything he'd done up to that point was pretty rotten. But Bryony saying that the world was actually better without Veil in it - better without the adopted child who had given his life to save her- just got me. Agh.
Awww... whatever anyone else says, I personally believe Veil gained some redemption here. I never really excepted the idea of him being "born evil", as just being driven that way by distrusting creatures. To me, he's more like a tragic anti-hero.
Poor Bryony, she only wanted to teach Veil to be good...
This scene is one of my most memorable moments in Redwall history, where so many conflicting emotions all come crashing down in one of the most brilliant climaxes in literature history. Thank you for this wonderful interpretation.