Pavane in Pearl and Emerald no longer has anybody or anything in it named ????.
The next time I decide to write a story from the point of view of a courtier, will someone please sit on me, or hit me over the head, or something. Kide knows everybody in the Coral Palace — If not by name then as so-and-so’s cousin, or whatever, which gives me two walk-on characters to enter into the database, instead of just one.
There are, however, surprisingly few descriptions of anyone’s clothing other than his own.
And many fewer weird dance terms than there were weird music terms in Cantata.
Although, to make up for the lack, we get the names of over a dozen different kinds of flowers.::rueful grin::
I’m still rather delighted with their flower language though. (Am I allowed to admit that?) I wonder if it would be possible to turn it into a web-toy somehow? “Build your own bouquets and send cryptic and ambiguous messages to all your friends”, or something that that?
“To the most eminent [recipient], a courtier named [so-and-so] has ordered the following bouquet for you. It means either ‘I hope you are feeling better’ or ‘My, aren’t you athletic!’ We trust such a cultured and insightful person as yourself will have no difficulty guessing which was intended. Humbly at your service, the Coral Palace gardeners.”