Suldrun’s Garden by Jack Vance book review.

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In this phantasy tale you will be charmed by the virgin sun goddess, Suldrun. She is locked away in a secret garden. Her purity and grace like tessellating dewdrops in the dawning sun.

Alas, she must die. Her virginity is taken, her child is taken, her husband is taken, she hangs herself from a tree.

What follows is the Son and Father. Gay magicians, sorcery, and witchcraft. Ogres, fairies, and phantasm. Journey through a mighty forest copse. Riding on horse with loads of gold in your waistcoat. On your way to find your son, you are the rightful king. Take your place upon the throne.

Book one in the Lyonesse trilogy.

Suldrun’s Garden by Jack Vance

Dare I read this Harry Potter nonsense any further?

Delight in this journey-quest storybook.

The Protagonist

My annotations and highlights:

The Complete Lyonesse Trilogy by Jack Vance

Book last read: 2024-03-02 14:18:54
Percentage read: 31%

Chapter 4: PRELIMINARY
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Chapter 5: 1: “On a dreary winter’s day…”
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Highlight: the perils of far places, dints against the mischief of fairies, the language of flowers, precautions while walking out at midnight and the avoidance of ghosts, the knowledge of good trees and bad
Notes: Warn the children.

Chapter 5: 1: “On a dreary winter’s day…”
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Highlight: What to do with the defeated magician, who seethed with evil and hate?

Chapter 6: 2: “Ehirme returned, and Dame Maugelin continued…”
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Notes: Noisily unruly or defiant.

Chapter 6: 2: “Ehirme returned, and Dame Maugelin continued…”
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Highlight: a tumble of marble blocks among weeds and thistles.
Notes: It’s the end.

Chapter 6: 2: “Ehirme returned, and Dame Maugelin continued…”
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Highlight: The flowers all loved her, except the proud asphodel, which loved only itself.

Chapter 7: 3: “Suldrun awoke to a cold gray room…”
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Highlight: I would take two fine mice and change them to a pair of beautiful horses and I would become a handsome young prince not much older than you, and we would go riding away over hill and dale to a wonderful castle in the clouds, and there we would dine on strawberries and cream and listen to the music of harps and fairy bells.

Chapter 7: 3: “Suldrun awoke to a cold gray room…”
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Highlight: Your preference must on occasion yield to the forces of reality.

Chapter 8: 4: “One morning of the summer…”
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Highlight: she very much enjoyed shelter from the wind and rain and nice clean clothes and the dignity of her person.

Notes: Hypergamy.

Chapter 9: 5: “On the day of Beltane, in the spring…”
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Highlight: Still, might she have been beguiled by a faun, who were known to be partial to the tart-sweet charms of young maidens?

Chapter 9: 5: “On the day of Beltane, in the spring…”
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Highlight: Still, it’s a wild little nook, like the world must have been before men appeared.

Chapter 9: 5: “On the day of Beltane, in the spring…”
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Highlight: It would seem far easier for all-powerful God to create the money
Notes: Fake money

Chapter 10: 6: “Between Dascinet and Troicinet was Scola…”
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Highlight: They lived isolated in mountain glens, emerging only when the time came for dreadful deeds.
Notes: Skyls

Chapter 10: 6: “Between Dascinet and Troicinet was Scola…”
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Highlight: I now declare a proscription against you and all your lineage; you will be hunted as criminals and killed on sight. I have no more words

Chapter 11: 7: “Suldrun sat in the Orangery…”
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Chapter 11: 7: “Suldrun sat in the Orangery…”
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Chapter 11: 7: “Suldrun sat in the Orangery…”
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Highlight: A thousand candles in six massive candelabra suffused the chamber with mellow light.
Notes: Rich

Chapter 12: 8: “King Granice of Troicinet was a man thin…”
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Highlight: The surest fact of this precarious existence is that one may never stand static. In this life everyone walks on ten-foot stilts; he must move and hop and cause an agitation; otherwise he topples. Fight or die! Swim or drown! Run or be trampled!

Chapter 13: 9: “The pre-dawn air was quiet and cool…”
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Highlight: Otherwise all authority and order is lost, and we would live like wild
Notes: Help us.

Chapter 13: 9: “The pre-dawn air was quiet and cool…”
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Highlight: We are like birds in an orchard of ripe fruit, where everyone trills his happiest song.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: a rambling stone manse in the northwest part of Lyonesse,
Notes: Take me to the Asylum.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: He long had resented Murgen’s prohibitions, and contravened them as flagrantly as he dared.

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Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: She appeared to him as a female clothed with a soft pelt of black fur and an oddly beautiful cat-like mask.
Notes: Furry chimera for Romans.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: On a wall hung an article of real power: Persilian, the so-called ‘Magic Mirror

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Notes: Sleeveless jerkin.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Notes: Strawberry tree

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: Your forays and wars are a trouble; they disturb the quiet of the countryside.
Notes: Fake money forces.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: presagement?
Notes: Prophecy.

Chapter 14: 10: “During the reigns of Olam I…”
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Highlight: epicene.
Notes: Indeterminite sex.

Chapter 15: 11: “In the chapel at the top of the garden…”
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Highlight: Take your wine and go.”

Chapter 15: 11: “In the chapel at the top of the garden…”
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Highlight: now roamed the gardens of paradise with the most beautiful of all golden-haired angels to tend him.

Chapter 15: 11: “In the chapel at the top of the garden…”
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Highlight: I am happy now—even though I am frightened.

Chapter 15: 11: “In the chapel at the top of the garden…”
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Highlight: Treachery and tribulation brought me here, but I give thanks for all of it.”

Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: No one is exempt from toll,
Notes: Wholly owned subsidiary.

Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: cloying taint,
Notes: overly romantic

Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: Every clan chieftain fancies himself an aristocrat and builds a mountain fortress, from which he raids his neighbors.
Notes: Consider mountain fortress.

Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: Kings, like children, tend to be opportunistic. Generosity only spoils them. They equate affability with weakness and hasten to exploit it.”

Chapter 16: 12: “King Casmir despatched an envoy to Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: Despite my love for you, I can part with none of my hard-won operators.

Chapter 17: 13: “Shimrod, scion of Murgen the magician…”
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Highlight: who loved music, though no doubt for the wrong reasons.
Notes: Farries.

Chapter 17: 13: “Shimrod, scion of Murgen the magician…”
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Highlight: a leather cod-piece encased a set of very large genitals.

Notes: Troll

Chapter 18: 14: “Murgen resided at Swer Smod…”
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Highlight: Now and perhaps forever hence I am preoccupied with Doom.
Notes: Covid scam. FBI at door for rejecting mandates.

Chapter 18: 14: “Murgen resided at Swer Smod…”
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Highlight: Yes. I will praise you and caress you and you may commit your erotic fornications upon my body.
Notes: Romance.

Chapter 19: 15: “In Irerly conditions were less easy…”
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Notes: Foolish person.

Chapter 20: 16: “In a bell-shaped cell fourteen feet in diameter…”
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Highlight: In truth, I fear too. But whatever happens, we have done our best.
Notes: Fighting commies.

Chapter 21: 17: “At the bottom of the oubliette, Aillas…”
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Notes: Secret dungeon.

Chapter 21: 17: “At the bottom of the oubliette, Aillas…”
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Highlight: One cannot judge the high-born by sensible standards!

Chapter 22: 18: “Within and about the Forest of Tantrevalles…”
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Highlight: Mangeon’s massive organ shriveled to the size of a small acorn and became lost in the folds of his great gray belly.

Chapter 22: 18: “Within and about the Forest of Tantrevalles…”
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Notes: Trans confusion.

Chapter 22: 18: “Within and about the Forest of Tantrevalles…”
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Highlight: the secret language of the fairies, which so often is mistaken for bird-calls.

Chapter 22: 18: “Within and about the Forest of Tantrevalles…”
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Chapter 22: 18: “Within and about the Forest of Tantrevalles…”
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Highlight: This is a magic purse,” she told him. “It will never go empty, and better, if you ever give a coin and want it back, you need only tap the purse and the coin will fly back to you.”

Notes: Federal Reserve.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: The day was fresh; the wind herded a hundred clouds from the Atlantic high across the forest.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: Pleasure for him who holds the whip!
Notes: BDSM commie American lifestyle.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Notes: Small mountain lake.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: This is a terrible world, so I am discovering. It is all you can do to care for yourself, let alone me.”

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: How grateful I am for my bravery, even though I can’t be proud of it. I suspect that I am a fearful coward at heart.”
Notes: FBI and law enforcement at door for rejecting medical mandates.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: At fairs one finds merry gentlemen by the hundreds.”

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: A theory propounded by the savants asserts that every niche in the social structure, no matter how constricted, finds someone to fill it.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: I have not a copper to my name and no one will hire me, and so I will die.”

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: I won’t say we’ve learned a lesson, because we might do the same thing again tomorrow.

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 23: 19: “In preparation for their journey the children…”
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Highlight: Good music always defeats bad luck, and never forget it!”

Chapter 24: 20: “Early in the morning, with the sun low…”
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Highlight: They think no more of us than we do of a fish.”

Chapter 24: 20: “Early in the morning, with the sun low…”
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Highlight: brevity is the essence of wisdom.

Chapter 24: 20: “Early in the morning, with the sun low…”
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Notes: Proof of financial responsibility.

Chapter 24: 20: “Early in the morning, with the sun low…”
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Chapter 24: 20: “Early in the morning, with the sun low…”
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Highlight: I think they would prefer to suck the marrow from my bones.”
Notes: American commies.

Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Notes: u know who.

Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Notes: Vaccine failure.

Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Highlight: sexual perversion; lack of cleanliness; insubordination; sullen, insolent, truculent or disorderly behavior are not tolerated. Forget your past; it is a dream!
Notes: Begin new kingdom.

Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Highlight: We expect no mercy from our enemies; we give none.”

Chapter 25: 21: “Four uneventful days brought Aillas…”
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Chapter 26: 22: “At Castle Sank Taussig’s gang…”
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Chapter 26: 22: “At Castle Sank Taussig’s gang…”
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Notes: Weasel

Chapter 26: 22: “At Castle Sank Taussig’s gang…”
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Chapter 26: 22: “At Castle Sank Taussig’s gang…”
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Chapter 26: 22: “At Castle Sank Taussig’s gang…”
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Chapter 27: 23: “The main hall at Castle Sank…”
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Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Highlight: What? Are you folk of Vervold all cowards?
Notes: Face mask death cult.

Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Highlight: Presently they joined hands and danced around the cauldron in three concentric circles.
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Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Highlight: At marriages and hangings I am sober and reverent; ordinarily I am easy, gay and lightsome.

Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Notes: Pretty child.

Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Highlight: For my part I am happy that we sit here rather than out in the rain; but I am never free of the rage which smoulders in my bones: perhaps it will never leave me despite all revenge.

Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Notes: Fond of sensuous luxury.

Chapter 28: 24: “Where Dahaut bordered on North Ulfland…”
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Notes: Covid death cult.

Chapter 29: 25: “Carfilhiot’s chambers, at the top of Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: At this time of day the sight and sound of other human beings offended him, and adversely affected the rest of the day.

Chapter 29: 25: “Carfilhiot’s chambers, at the top of Tintzin Fyral…”
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Chapter 29: 25: “Carfilhiot’s chambers, at the top of Tintzin Fyral…”
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Chapter 29: 25: “Carfilhiot’s chambers, at the top of Tintzin Fyral…”
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Highlight: as gay and sweet as a daffodil.
Notes: Lily in dawn of sun.

Chapter 30: 26: “Glyneth and Dhrun joined Dr. Fidelius…”
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Highlight: if, upon taking my remedies, you mortify and die, you may return the unused medicine for a partial refund.
Notes: Vaccine death mandate.

Chapter 31: 27: “The River Camber, approaching the sea…”
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Highlight: Come out, you little lizard.”

Chapter 32: 28: “From Faroli back to Icnield Way rode the four men…”
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Highlight: Why should we inconvenience each other over foolishness?
Notes: FBI social media police.

Chapter 32: 28: “From Faroli back to Icnield Way rode the four men…”
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Highlight: Stop the ceremony! This is not your king!

Chapter 32: 28: “From Faroli back to Icnield Way rode the four men…”
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Highlight: No man may besmirch my honor and live!

Chapter 33: 29: “Aillas and Shimrod, departing the palace Miraldra…”
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Chapter 34: 30: “King Casmir of Lyonesse, who never took comfort in half-measures…”
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Highlight: Your castle will be taken and burned; you, if you survive, will live out your life as a thrall, with your sons and daughters.

Chapter 34: 30: “King Casmir of Lyonesse, who never took comfort in half-measures…”
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Highlight: in order to achieve the full freedom of our expression.”

Chapter 34: 30: “King Casmir of Lyonesse, who never took comfort in half-measures…”
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Chapter 35: 31: “With the coming of daylight the Ulf army…”
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Highlight: Call away your armies, or I must exert my magic against you.”

Chapter 35: 31: “With the coming of daylight the Ulf army…”
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