A Face Like Glass - Discussion through "A Drop of Madness"
Discussing through "A Drop of Madness"
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Reminder of where we are in the story:
Neverfell attends the Banquet with the Childersins. She spines some Wine on purpose in order to protect a servant who spilled a drop of Wine on the tablecloth and is whisked away with the rest of the family while Maxim is taken to be questioned and possibly executed. The family schemes about how they can fall into favor with someone else with Maxim dead and decide to sell off Zouelle, since they blame the disaster on her.
Zouelle is rescued by Neverfell. They run into Erstwhile who tells Neverfell that she needs to stop trusting everyone so easily, and that even he has lied to her. Neverfell turns herself in to the Grand Steward in order to save Maxim, and succeeds.
The Grand Steward's left eye likes Neverfell, but right eye has not yet been convinced. Neverfell is employed as a taste tester. She goes on a stroll and learns that Madame Appeline had, 7 years ago, been buying dresses for a child. Neverfell suspects that Madame Appeline may be a relation of hers, perhaps even her mother.
A scheme is hatched to try to capture the Kleptomancer, challenging him to capture the Grand Steward's latest and greatest curiousity. They mean for him to have tried to capture a stuffed animal, but instead he captures Neverfell. Luckily for Neverfell, he captures her in the middle of an attempt on her life and rescues her from the assassin.
The Kleptomancer tells Neverfell of his plans and then informs her that because she cannot keep a secret, he will also be giving her a Wine in order to cause her to forget everything she has seen there before returning her to the Grand Steward.
Ideas for discussion:
1) What do you think the connection is between Neverfell and Madame Appeline? Do you think it is as innocent as she believes?
2) Do you think Neverfell will ever smarten up and learn she can't trust everyone, even Zouelle? Or do you think that Zouelle will eventually turn around her character?
3) Any predictions as to who is trying to assassinate Neverfell?
4) Anything else you want to say about this section of the book?
Monday, February 3rd
Through "The Master of Craft"