|“||Allow me to offer you one piece of advice, from a man who’s seen the inside of a Gurkish prison. If the city should fall, I strongly recommend that you take your own life rather than be captured.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
In the audience chamber, General Vissbruck reads the letter from Arch Lector Sult ordering Glokta back to Adua. Vissbruck has been left in charge of the cities defence with orders to fight to the last man. The General is obviously none too pleased, but resigns himself to accept. Glokta can almost feel pity for the man. As Vissbruck leave, Glokta urges Kahdia to surrender while they’ve still something left to offer.1 To his surprise, Kahdia actually thanks him for treating the natives with some measure of respect.
Afterwards in his room packing, Glokta remembers the moments of horror in this room – Yulwei, Shickel, Mauthis; surviving Dagoska has been no mean feat. With a jerk of pain, Glokta realises Vitari is lurking in the doorway. No order to return has been received by Vitari, and Glokta is all too happy to rub it in her face. She pounces on him and holds a blade to his throat, her anger palpable, but Glokta just taunts her. Eventually, her facade breaks and on the verge of tears she begins begging him to take her with him; not for her sake but for someone else.2 Again demonstrating a weakness for vulnerable women, Glokta agrees. Soon, Glokta, Frost, Severard, and Vitari are rowing across the bay, leaving Dagoska and the war behind.3
|Sand dan Glokta||Arch Lector Sult|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Dagoska||The Union||Kanta||Battle of Dagoska||Adua||The Gurkish Empire|
- We learn something of the fate of Kahdia in the short story Hell in Sharp Ends.
- Vitari's desperate need to survive is revealed in A Fitting Punishment.
- And so the cavalry does not arrive in the nick of time. The author loves to pull the rug out from under the feet of his tropes; the city under siege saved at the final moment.