Saturday, April 14, 2007

Chapter 61: A True Star

Dally and her mysterious friend Hunter arrive in London, where they reencounter the predatory Ruperta Chirpingdon-Groin, a woman Dally correctly recognizes as a woman who “gets jealous of oatmeal” (892). However, Ruperta undergoes a religious conversion of sorts while listening to a performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

In the meantime, Dally again begins working as a model, an activity which soon crosses the boundary to a kind of soft core prostitution, ending up yoked to one Clive Crouchmas, a businessman or sorts who had some sort of nefarious dealings with Turkey and Germany.
At a Tarot Reading, Dally is identified as “The Star, number XVII” (901), and meets Lew Basnight and the followers of T.W.I.T. Lew recruits her to spy on Crouchmas, not for T.W.I.T., but for some other mysterious power. Clive discovers Dally’s betrayal, and arranges for her to accompany him to Constantinople where he intends to exact some sort of revenge.
With just 9 chapters to go, the plot is becoming more complex, not less!

The AGD wiki makes a point here that leads to a question: is the search for knowledge hopelessly intertwined with the search for power?


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