Let me quote some people, with 100% accuracy.
Marius: Oh, did you not understand? Let me explain it again the exact same way. Only longer and with three more unrelated anecdotes.
(Was she not there, was she silent or was she just so scary that this reporter wouldn’t dare write anything? Maybe all of the above.)
Lestat: What I’m about to tell you is going to be hard to believe, but believe me anyway. And, my darling, remember to keep in mind just how handsome and debonair I am. At all times.
Armand: You are entirely right, Daniel.
Jesse: Listen, I’m a modern woman, I just stumbled into this. I know at least two people under the age of 5000.
Louis: …and although my heart might have died long ago, it still hungers. Or whatever sounds good, just make up some bullshit. There’s a good boy.
Bianca: Marius! Draw me like one of your french girls.
Yes, In the shadows. In silence. In shame. All for what? For respect of mortals? They are nothing to us. They are only… food.
BIANCA SOLDERINI – the murderous courtesan, Marius & Amadeo’s lover
They took me to the home of the slender and beautiful courtesan, Bianca Solderini, a lithesome and incomparable charmer, with Botticelli-style wavy locks and almond shaped gray eyes and a generous and kindly wit. I was the fashion in her house whenever I wanted to be, among the young women and men there who spent hours reading poetry, talking of the foreign wars, which seemed endless, and of the latest painters and who would get what commission next.
Bianca had a small, childlike voice which matched her girlish face and tiny nose. Her mouth was a mere budding rose. But she was clever, and indomitable. She turned away possessive lovers coldly; she preferred that her house be full of people at all hours. Anyone in proper dress, or carrying a sword, was admitted automatically.
Almost no one but those who wanted to own her were ever turned away.
I think today is a good day to let in a little sorrow, to allow myself to feel the world to fall in parts around me, because as it does, once again, i am forced to stand still as it happens, and there is no where to look to find solace.
The world is changing, ending for some, and we remain, outlive creatures we never imagine would have existed, things we would think humans would come to grow out from and evolution for the best, but then again, the world ends at different scales, from global, to my own little world and it makes me wonder, Will there be a future where I’ll be able to attend a party? Fill my house with the happiness I cannot hold inside, enchant mortals to feel the love I cannot longer reciprocate? Once I was sure it would never end, now I doubt.
Sometimes they cannot see what I have is envy when their lives end in my hands, can’t you see? with every year I am more condemned to see what’s coming, and as much the loneliness would throw me to the sun, the doubt keeps me on the edge of twilight, awaiting to see what could come next, perhaps deep inside hoping I am wrong about my assumptions, but my smile shall never fade, as much as I’ll remain standing, wondering, feeling, I just thought today would be a good day to remember what’s hidden behind the mask, holding it in my hands and realize how broken it is, running my fingers over the kisses that were once placed in adoration and the longing for the lips that placed them there, at least I know if the world ends, or my world ends, they were once there and that cannot be changed.
What a strange mix of feelings, perhaps its that balance what keeps me standing,
Hello! I have thought about this, probably thought about it TOO much… and while I don’t a clear answer, it’s a stimulating question:
Was this young ‘nurse’ vampire a fledgling of Lestat’s?
^How does the old fandom joke go? Every time X sound occurs, Lestat makes another fledgling? *facepalm*
I agree w/ your point about re: Antoine, it seems like Lestat or Antoine would have confirmed that it was in fact Antoine who was the unnamed young vampire in that scene in IWTV.
TL;DR: We have unreliable narrators** in BOTH Lestat and Louis*. I personally don’t think that the unnamed ‘nurse’ vampire in this scene was made by Lestat, but it’s quite possible! Lestat has never mentioned him again in canon, but we might find out about him in the next novel.
Hit the jump for more, cut for length.
This is an excerpt from the scene
in IWTV (the book, not in the movie) w/ the unnamed young vampire @terryfphanatics is asking about:
“Because shortly after that I saw a vampire in New Orleans, a sleek white-faced young man walking alone on the broad sidewalks of St. Charles Avenue…” (this mystery vampire kills a woman and takes her baby to a shabby old house where he meets up with Lestat) “My eyes widened as I studied this stooped and shivering vampire whose rich blond hair hung down in loose waves covering his face…
… “ ‘You all leave me!’ [Lestat] whined now in a thin, high-pitched voice.
‘You can’t keep us with you!’ said the stiff young vampire sharply.”
(Louis taps at the window)
…“ ‘It’s Louis! Louis!’ [Lestat] said. `Let him in’ And he gestured frantically, like an invalid, for the young `nurse’ to obey. … and I could see the tears welling in his eyes…How baffling and awful it was, this smoothfaced, shimmering immortal man bent and rattled and whining like a crone.”
So yes, Lestat might have made this ‘nurse’ vampire as Marius made Bianca, a dedicated fledgling vampire to help him in his recovery.
As with the previously unnamed musician vampire in IWTV – who later became known as Antoine in PL – I used to headcanon that
Lestat couldn’t bear to even mention the musician vampire’s name in later canon bc he was either A) an embarrassment to Lestat or B) that they had broken up violently, C) both, D) the musician vampire had really been killed by Claudia, or E) other reasons. This unnamed young ‘nurse’ vampire might fall under A, B, C, or E. Or maybe someone else has killed him since then *shrugs*
When Lestat says: ‘You all leave me!’ – ;A; This could be about his fledglings, bc, yes, when you take TVL into account, up to this point in canon all four have chosen to leave him: Gabrielle, Nicolas, Louis & Claudia (at this point in canon, the unnamed musician vampire appeared to have been destroyed). Armand’s warnings to Lestat about making fledglings
in TVL are relevant:
“Oh, but it’s always a travesty, don’t you see?… And the veil will always come down between you. Make a legion. You will be, always and forever, alone!
If the ‘nurse’ vampire was not made by Lestat: It also would have been possible for a rogue vampire to find Lestat, perceive that he was an older vampire, and might have wisdom or power, or the rogue had heard of the legendary Lestat, and come in search of him purposely. I feel like this is more likely given how beaten down Lestat was from the assassination attempt and his survival of the Theatre des Vampires in such close proximity.
THEN we have THIS (also from IWTV, prior to the scene excerpted above):
“[Armand] told me something he’d concealed from me since the time we were in Paris.
“Lestat had not died in the Theatre des Vampires. I had believed him to be dead, and when I asked Armand about those vampires, he told me they all had perished. But he told me now that this wasn’t so. Lestat had left the theater the night I had run away from Armand and sought out the cemetery in Montmartre. Two vampires who had been made with Lestat by the same master had assisted him in booking passage to New Orleans.”
Maybe Armand had heard it through the grapevine that Lestat had these two caretakers, but since Lestat never mentions having siblings in the blood from Magnus, it’s possible that Armand is lying so that Louis thinks Lestat already has enough support and doesn’t need a THIRD caretaker.
Or, of course, Anne Rice either A) forgot about these two sibling vampires or B) chose not to address them. They would probably both have been too old to be the “young nurse vampire” but… MAYBE WE’LL GET THEM IN THE NEXT BOOK WHO KNOWS? Anything! is possible!
*Further complicated by the fact that Louis’s story went through Daniel and Daniel’s publishers, who may have added misinformation of their own for a better story! Reprehensible that this young vampire would bring Lestat a baby as a victim, but in Lestat’s defense, he doesn’t want it: “ ‘You might have brought me something else!’ said Lestat bitterly.”
**And there’s also the unreliable narrator issue, there is some speculation as to whether this scene occurred at all, or that it occurred differently than Louis reported.