|“||He could not escape a glow of satisfaction. A new uniform, and more braid, and so forth, and more people to tell what to do. Glory and fame were meagre rewards, perhaps, but he had taken the risks already, and now had only to say yes. Had he not suffered? Had he not earned it?||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Jezal lies in bed watching Ardee by the window, completely naked except for his officer’s coat. He urges her to come back to bed, professing his love. She remains sceptical but seems willing to enjoy the intimacy for now, although she asks him not to hurt her. Suddenly, a knock at the door interrupts; Jezal has been summoned by Lord Marshal Varuz. Jezal gets dressed wanting to get it over with, and leaves saying he’s considering leaving the army.
In the High Justice’s cavernous chambers, sit Marovia, Hoff, and Varuz. After some banter about his journey at the Edge of the World, Varuz announces that he is to be promoted to Colonel. Stunned by the honour, Jezal stutters an acceptance, something he soon regrets as they explain the situation in the countryside. The Tanner’s revolt near Keln has gotten worse, and Jezal is being sent to put it down.1 Even more, he will be joined by a representative of the Closed Council—none other than Bayaz himself. Jezal cringes as Bayaz appears at his shoulder.2
Hurrying to prepare for his departure, he leaves his quarters to find Superior Glokta lurking in the shadows. He demands that Jezal either marry Ardee West or break it off entirely, else a third option will emerge that involves Glokta’s bag of tricks. Jezal responds with anger, turning the threat back around. Of course, Jezal has every intention of marrying Ardee. Doesn’t he?
|Jezal dan Luthar||The Tanner|
|Lord Marshal Varuz|
|High Justice Marovia|
|Lord Chamberlain Hoff|
|Sand dan Glokta|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Union Army||Shabulyan||The Old Empire||Keln||Closed Council|
- The Tanner plot line has been on simmer for two books, and finally pays off. It was mentioned by some guests at Jezal's victory dinner in The Ideal Audience. Again in Cheap at the Price and The Poison Trade by the Arch Lector.
- And so Bayaz pulls the rug out from under Jezal. Before this chapter, we were confused on why Jezal had been taken to the Edge of the World at all. Bayaz' lecturing him all about leadership, seemed like the pompous ramblings of an old grump. Now it seems that Bayaz has been laying the groundwork with Jezal for two books. Great craftsmanship by Abercrombie.