|“||On the contrary, nothing could be more natural. In my experience, people do as they are done to. You were sold by your father and bought by your husband, and yet you choose to buy and sell.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Continuing his tour of the Dagoska ruling-council, Superior Glokta pays a visit to Kahdia’s home. The Superior is struck by the humble home, but Kahdia argues that the least a leader can do is share the hardships of his people. When Glokta asks what became of Superior Davoust, in a rare show of honesty amongst the council, Kahdia admits to hating Davoust but knows nothing about his disappearance. Knowing he can’t hold the city without Kahdia’s help, Glokta offers him concessions in exchange for troops and workers; to open the Upper City to them, and to turn the Spicers out of the Great Temple. Kahdia doesn’t trust him, but knows he won’t get a better deal from Gurkish, so agrees.
Next, Glokta interrogates Harker for information about Davoust. However, all he learns is that Davoust had been extorting money from the native population through his office.
Finally, Glokta visits the true power in Dagoska, Magister Eider. In contrast, she lives in unmatched luxury. The beautiful, rich, and powerful woman is just the kind of person he would have wanted to marry in his youth. The pair verbally spar with each other about their pasts.1 Unlike the others, Eider is seemingly openly supportive of Glokta’s efforts to keep the Gurkish out, given the life she enjoys within The Union. Glokta tests her resolve by asking for the Spicers to empty the Great Temple, and also donate funds to the war-effort. She agrees to the former but hedges on the latter.
|Sand dan Glokta||Superior Davoust|
|Carlot dan Eider|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Dagoska||The Union||Kanta||Guild of Spicers||The Gurkish Empire|
- The highlight of the chapter is Glokta’s interaction with Eider. Eider is able to coax information out of Glokta, like no one else could. He gives as good as he gets. Neither Glokta nor Eider have had an easy road in life. They’re both self-made in their current professions. And, they’re both willing to compromise themselves to get things done.