|“||It can be a terrible curse for a man to get everything he ever dreamed of. If the shining prizes turn out somehow to be empty baubles, he is left without even his dreams for comfort.1||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
From the Tower of Chains, King Jezal and Lord Marshal Varuz watch helplessly as the Gurkish continue to penetrate towards Adua’s inner city. The outer wall has been breached thanks to Gurkish gunpowder, and two of the city’s districts with it. The Union is fighting house by house and street by street, as Jezal ordered, but it is only a matter of time before they reach Arnault’s Wall, and then the Agriont itself. Jezal asks about casualties, which are near a thousand, and orders the Agriont open to the wounded and homeless. Bayaz disagrees; how will they know who is a spy? However, Jezal overrules him; he will not leave his people without protection.
Back in the palace, Queen Terez sits alone in their chambers. Her companion Countess Shalere now tends to keep away. Jezal enters, dirty and forlorn, and they begin arguing as usual. In the end, Jezal wonders why they cannot be civil to one another, even if there can be no love between them. She wonders why he keeps trying. For a moment, her hatred seems to ebb, but then she touches his face and declares she hates him; the sooner the Gurkish burn Adua to the ground, the happier she will be.
Jezal leaves. It turns out getting everything he wanted – power, fame, and a beautiful wife – is not a prize worth keeping.
|Jezal dan Luthar||Countess Shalere|
|Lord Marshal Varuz|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Battle of Adua||Tower of Chains||The Gurkish Empire||Agriont|
- It's a lovely turn of phrase, that deserves to have more impact. However, it falls a bit flat in Jezal’s case, since his dreams were awful shallow.