Rereading the Vorkosigan Saga: Diplomatic Immunity, Chapter 5

It’s been a little while since we’ve been reminded of just how brutal Barrayar can be. It’s working on its anti-mutant prejudices! People don’t make signs against the evil eye when they see Miles in the street anymore! But those prejudices are still very much in place, particularly, it seems, among the enlisted men serving as security forces aboard the Prince Xav. You have to be well-regarded by your commanders to get ship duty. There are a lot of different ways to earn someone’s regard. They aren’t all great.

Two important things happen in chapter five of Diplomatic Immunity—Miles interviews the Barrayarans in Quaddie custody and Ekaterin goes shopping.

Motivations for the raid have been much discussed in the comments. I don’t think that Admiral Vorpatril was in the throes of some sort of PTSD episode when he ordered the raid on the police station. I appreciate his commitment ...