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I like this snippet of conversation between Robin and Robert at the beginning of this chapter, since it reminds me of me and my mom. He's mostly ignoring her, but she knows exactly what to say to get his full attention. He's as intrigued as she is by the mystery aunt, and she has a clue about her.
She doesn't pound him for his attention, just states her fact as enticingly as she can, and then starts reading. He starts picking up the books and preparing to move. She didn't have to tell him that she wanted to show him the painting, he knew.
Robert Runs into the Wall.
This chapter is just amazing at displaying the sibling relationship between the two of them. Sure, Robin could have warned Robert about where the wall was, but why deny her brother the same pain she endured?
Yeah, I would do this with my own siblings in a heartbeat. Also, I'm the author, and as all people know, authors enjoy inflicting pain on their characters, so Robin and I were quite in agreement on this.
Robert would run into the wall.
Paintings at Locksley
And while Robert is nursing his sore nose, he remarks that the painting is almost as good as a painting he's seen before. Robin naturally has to ask questions about this painting.
And he confirms that yes, there are paintings under the tapestries at home. But there still aren't any answers about why the murals are behind the tapestries. And ... truth be told, you readers don't get a completely straight answer about this until nearly the end of book 3. Sorry about that.
After perusing the books for some time, they are summoned back to the library, where Rosamond extends an invitation to tea. Apparently, that's what she calls supper - yet another display of her strange speech. Seriously, what is up with it?
And then after tea, they bring up the murals again. Doranna is confused by the fact that they know nothing about them (after all, they're from Locksley, and Madeleine was from Locksley), but Rosamond just shakes her head and reveals that their great-grandfather had known the cause of the Change. That he was the sole survivor.
And then Doranna tells her to change the subject to something happier.
Robert shut his book and began stacking the books up.
“What are you doing?” Robin asked, glancing up, secretly pleased.
“Well,” said Robert. “There’s no time like the present. We can study these books just as well in your room as in here. Besides, it will give those lovebirds some more room.”
Robin stifled a giggle as she glanced at Doranna and Casperl, who were examining one of her new math books, so close to each other, their heads were almost touching. She was explaining some mathematical concept. He looked quite moonstruck.
“Agreed,” Robin said.
“Oh, the wall over there is a lot closer than it looks,” Robin warned, just as he ran into it, full force.
“You could have warned me just a little sooner,” said Robert, rubbing his bruised nose.
“But that wouldn’t have been as much fun,” said Robin, pulling on her innocent face.
“Oh, lighten up, Briar Rose,” Doranna said. “Thou art hiding from painful memorials thyself.”
“I know,” answered Rosamond. “so let us get off of such a sad subject.”
“Oh, yes,” agreed Doranna, “Before thou dost write another sad pond.”
1. What is it with authors and causing pain to characters?
2. What are/were your guesses about the Change at this point?
3. Any favorite lines?