In which the visitors prepare to be received.
I wonder if the cats had anything interesting to say in their nameday greetings, or if Jeeves just translated their message into human-polite.
I think we know the significance to Liadens of the age of twelve — that’s about the point where they stop being considered children and start being considered halflings — but thirty-five is a new one. It’s obviously not minimum drinking age, driving age, or marriage age; nor is it a minimum age to become delm, because Val Con took up the ring at the age of thirty-one and that was after dodging it for several years beforehand.
I suspect the invitation to Padi to join the other traders for a working meal was a case of Shan employing irony: given that it’s preceded by Padi noticing she’d let the time get away from her, the way I read it is that the meal was already on her schedule and the invitation was Shan tweaking her about being late.