|“||If you believe that I chose any part of the pitiful shadow of a life you see before you, you are very much mistaken. I chose glory and success. The box did not contain what was written on the lid.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Superior Glokta shakes with laughter as he reads a note from Valint & Balk, ordering more progress in discovering Arch Lector Sult’s plans. Even though they could all be dead before the month is out as the Gurkish bombard the city, his two masters can’t even stop their infighting.
Walking through the war-torn streets and fearful citizens,1 Glokta reaches his destination—the offices of High Justice Marovia; his third suitor. Marovia is surprised to see Glokta, particularly when he learns the Inquisitor is not here for the Arch Lector, but for himself. Glokta tells the High Justice all the secrets he’s been hoarding, about the real culprits behind the Guild of Mercers, about the aid he accepted in Dagoska, about the demands of Valint & Balk, and, finally, about Sult’s desire to remove the King and Bayaz from power.
The High Justice considers Glokta’s position. He would be willing to aid him, but he can only act if Glokta can secure proof of Sult’s treason. Easy enough, hey?2 Glokta laughs some more.
|Sand dan Glokta||Arch Lector Sult|
|High Justice Marovia||Jezal dan Luthar|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Battle of Adua||Valint & Balk||The Gurkish Empire||Guild of Mercers||Dagoska|
- There's some deft scene setting by Abercrombie where Glokta is walking through the streets of Adua, and finds himself knocked aside by a troop of soldiers. War has made the city far more fearful of the Gurkish, than the Inquisition.
- In Glokta and Marovia's scene, there is a certain sense of “Well, of course Glokta's third suitor doesn’t save his bacon. When are things ever easy for Glokta?”