In which a family reunion or two occurs.
More bows and modes in this chapter than we’ve had in a while, including a couple of new ones. Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had a conversation, in other than everyday circumstances, between two parties familiar with the forms.
Unique understanding or not, I remain certain that Aelliana knew exactly what the Uncle was up to, and so this is like Padi with the rug merchant in Alliance of Equals, offering an alternative explanation not because she believes it but because it offers him an honourable way to back out of the corner he’s put himself in.
Seignur Veeoni’s conversation with her brother at least tells us what she meant by “inside the field”, but raises more questions than it answers about his connection with the Bedel.
I like Aelliana’s comment on the circumstances that have prevented her from publishing the latest fruits of her research.
Val Con and Miri are very happy to welcome Val Con’s parents home, but that doesn’t mean Delm Korval is going to let them stay. The delm has to consider the potential risks to the whole clan.
I’m honestly not sure what decision I think the delm is likely to make, left to themselves. I specify “left to themselves” because I don’t think they’re going to be: Theo’s about to arrive, which is going to change the balance of the decision, and I wouldn’t put it past Kareen to take a leaf out of Dulsey’s book and decide Kamele ought to know Daav is presently back even though his future remains in doubt, which would surely result in Kamele demanding a voice in the decision-making process.
(By the way, good on Dulsey. I sometimes wonder if the Uncle would have lasted this long without Dulsey watching his back.)
I don’t think, even if they do get told to leave and never return, that the delm will leave them without resources. Kamele might invite them back to Delgado, although I don’t know if they’d fit there any more (nor Kamele, for that matter). I don’t think Theo’s likely to offer them a place on Bechimo, nor would it be likely to suit them.
It occurs to me that if Korval gets to hear about the Tinsori Light situation, the delm might adopt Disian’s solution and instruct them to prove themselves by going and sorting it out.