Accepting the Lance – Chapter 39

The Port Road
Yulie Shaper’s Place

In which Yulie has a proposition.

We’ve previously had the names of Yulie’s four helpers as he knows them — Nathan, Mary, Walter, Abigail — and, separately, the names as Kezzi knows them — Udari, Memit, Isart, Syaera. Knowing that Nathan is Udari and Mary is Memit gives us enough of a start to line all four up.

This is the most detail we’ve been given on why Yulie is the way he is (or was, before the Tree started making adjustments), and the first definite statement we’ve had that it was at base a congenital physical condition and not a psychological trauma.

I was going to say that I don’t believe Memit is sweet on Rys, and speculate that Yulie (who thinks that she is a fine lookin’ woman) might be projecting, but then the rest of the chapter anticipated my topic. Sometimes the foreshadowing doesn’t run all that far to the fore.

Yulie seems to think that the matter of marriage has been dropped by the end of the chapter, but I’m not so sure.

1 thought on “Accepting the Lance – Chapter 39

  1. Ed8r

    When I first read this, I thought her proposal must be merely a strategy to provide an excuse for remaining behind on Surebleak while the others went off-world in the ship that is coming for them. Having been shown Yulie’s behavior and living conditions pre-Tree, I couldn’t imagine him as a husband, even if the Bedel were to accept her marriage to someone who was not part of the kompani. But perhaps I was underestimating the Tree and its offshoot.

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