In which Surebleak has more visitors.
A whole lotta people arriving on Surebleak in one clump, with at least one more bunch expected soon, and all of them having business with Korval. It remains to see how much more complicated things are going to get when they start (as I expect they will, sooner or later) interacting with each other as well.
It took me a couple of pages to twig who the unnamed ship was, but I got it at the first mention of the comm officer not being physically present on the bridge. (Which is another of those details that sounds unremarkable if you don’t already know what it means.)
This chapter gives us the second reminder this book that Miri carries a hideaway gun, when I don’t recall or have record of it having much attention drawn to it before. I’m consequently suspicious that its existence is going to become immediately relevant at some point before the book is over.
Miri’s reflection on the state of the Department of the Interior and its agents is another thread in the running thematic strand about core imperatives.
The Uncle’s arrival alone — which is to say, unaccompanied by Daav — must, of course, be concerning to the delm. Speaking of Daav, the fact that he’s left waiting while the delm gets presentable reminds me of the time in Scout’s Progress where another delm came calling on Korval with a complaint and had to wait while Daav cleaned up from gardening. I wonder if the Uncle will be more sensible about the consequences of arriving unannounced than that delm was.
According to my notes, we’ve never seen Korval’s Yellow Salon before, but we have seen the Yellow Salon in Erob’s clanhouse — it’s where Val Con and Miri were left to wait when they visited, having announced to the doorkeeper that Korval’s Second Speaker wished to speak to the delm regarding a daughter of the house. So that gives us some kind of idea what quality of person rates the Yellow Salon.
If the Dayside Portmaster and the Nightside Portmaster are both at the welcoming reception, who’s minding the store?