In which Don Eyr fails to persuade Serana to leave him.
I was actually kind of surprised by how useful Don Eyr and Serana found the melant’i plays as a guide to Liaden behaviour; people who have tried that in other stories have had mixed success due to their source texts being unrealistic, melodramtic, or outright fraudulent.
That said, I wonder about that phrase Don Eyr borrowed from the plays to describe Serana, which piqued Mr dea’Bon’s interest. I have a feeling it might be somewhere in the emotional range of the time Priscilla declared herself all joy to see Shan. (Or, perhaps, the time Anne asked Er Thom to ensure she avoided any social blunders, not knowing the connotation of placing her melant’i in his hands.)
Again, the prequel nature of the story means that we end the chapter knowing already the unpleasant surprise Don Eyr is about to face.