I've finished watching both seasons of Spice and Wolf, and like most of the folks here I really liked it.
Something came to mind when I was reading some old posts on Hulu dealing with Season 1 episodes 12 and 13. There were some questions there about what Holo did to get the forest wolves, led by that giant wolf deity, to back off and leave the smugglers alone.
The people discussing then concluded that "she prostrated herself". In the English dub, one of the characters (Lawrence or someone else) suggests that she had to "bow down". Lawrence notices that she has mud on her knees.
Holo is clearly angry and doesn't want to say anything about what happened. Why not? Granted that having to kneel before a younger wolf deity would bruise her pride a lot, why not admit bowing down, if that's all that happened?
Finally, there is the fact that whatever she did isn't shown. Why not? If all she did was bow before the male wolf deity, why not show it? Why should it be a mystery that she doesn't want to talk about?
I started thinking about how wolves behave when it comes to domination and submission. The conclusion about how she really placated that forest wolf deity became obvious.
She didn't just bow before that giant wolf. She had to get on her knees all right, but the act of submission didn't stop there. The male did what male wolves usually do in that situation.
Why should he, as a male wolf deity, have settled for less? Why weren't we shown what she did? Why was she so angry, especially after the other characters noticed the mud on her knees and suggested that she "bowed down"?
I think she bought her friend's safety by allowing the forest wolf deity to mate with her. I know that's probably blasphemy around here, and I hate the idea myself, but it is more consistent with wolf behavior, her anger and refusal to talk about the details, the mud on her knees, and the way the scenes were played out.
OK, tell me I'm wrong and why. Believe me, I'd actually like to be talked out of it.