|“||Having fucked the groom is really no excuse for missing a wedding, you know.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
King Jezal stands around like a piece of furniture as his footmen dress him for his wedding. As Bayaz once more fusses with his buttons, Jezal comes to realise that as King he has even less power than he did as a lay-about captain.
Meanwhile, Glokta and Ardee are also preparing to join the crowds celebrating the royal wedding — the cripple and the drunk. Sensing her pain, Glokta tries to convince her not to go, but Ardee insists; she seems to have a strong desire to torture herself.
On the Adua piers, Jezal stands watching Grand Duke Orso’s mighty flagship deliver his daughter Terez to Adua; an arrival fit for a Queen. The King’s heart races as he lays eyes on his dazzling bride. As they ride through the city in their carriage, Jezal’s attempts to make small-talk, but Terez rebuffs him gently, and suggests he wave.
With the King married, the banqueting begins. Again, Jezal’s attempts to engage his bride in conversation utterly fail. However, finally they dance together. She dances beautifully, aggressively, and for the first time he feels her thawing. That night in the King’s chambers, Jezal approaches Terez to consummate their marriage. Rather than welcome him to her bed, she knees him in the fruits and stomps off calling him an illegitimate bastard. It seems whatever sense of duty the Princess of Talins feels in the public eye, they end in private.2
|Jezal dan Luthar||Grand Duke Orso|
|Sand dan Glokta||Lord Chamberlain Hoff|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||High King of The Union||Lord’s Round|
- To reinforce the atheism of The Union, there is no church and no priest involved in the royal wedding; Lord Chamberlain Hoff officiates the marriage.
- Does Jezal get exactly what he deserves? He's done nothing to deserve being king. Why should he be rewarded with a good and loving marriage? Instead, he gets a purely political marriage.