In which the number of Vertu’s passengers increases.
Toragin’s remonstration at, presumably, the Tree gives us the outline of her cause: Chelada was promised that she could have her kittens under the Tree, which must have seemed an easy thing to promise when Jelaza Kazone was just down the road from Lazmeln’s clanhouse, and then when the distance suddenly became much greater, the promise still existed but was much harder to claim, and the Tree apparently didn’t find it necessary to ease the way at all.
When she acknowledges that her name is part of the lineage of Clan Lazmeln, Toragin says it’s uncertain whether it will remain so. Clans may stop reusing a name if someone of that name sets an example that the clan wouldn’t want its future children to emulate; we saw that happen with Del Ben in “Heirloom”. So Toragin is suggesting that she anticipates her clan will find her (or perhaps already finds her) a disappointment.
And Vertu, for her part, considers herself to have parted ways from her own clan, as shown by the way that she refrains from including it with her name when she introduces herself. (Although it seems like Toragin knows which clan her name comes from, and depending on how much attention she pays to current events might know enough about Clan Wylan to have an idea how Vertu ended up here.)
I like the wording of “Vertu moved slightly away from him, so as to give him the privacy such a rendering of art deserved”.