I finished The Disorderly Knights about two weeks ago and grace_poppy asked me to post about my thoughts on it.Since I was on holiday I didn't get around to it earlier. So, what did I think (besides OMG! the writing of that woman is amazing):
I really liked Gabriel and also Joleta at first. I couldn't stand Jerott It was the opposite for me, I didn't like those two but I was really developing a weak spot for Jerrot (I could never resist blak hair and aquiline features!), thanks God he is not a monk any longer. Is that comment about Lymond smelling of sweet basil and spikenard rose a direct hint on somebody that I just didn't get I was wondering about that too. Since it happens after Marthe's allusions about Jerrot and Lymond's homosexual inclinations, I thought it may be a reference to Lymond having some kind of intecourse with the Aga Morat ( Jerrot also calls him "stinking catamite"). However it seems unlikely to me...
XD Yes, thank God.He's so much more likeable in Pawn in Frankincense, although he stands in his own way most of the time.One day I'll reread all the books and work it all out. XDSorry this took me so long.
Hi, this entry is already a bit older, but I couldn't resist here. ;-) Is that comment about Lymond smelling of sweet basil and spikenard rose a direct hint on somebody that I just didn't getYes, it's a hint in direction to the Aga Morat. But you know that probably by now? :-D I thought it was rather obvious when the Aga didn't let them go on to Djerba and Lymond went with him into his tent.
Is that comment about Lymond smelling of sweet basil and spikenard rose a direct hint on somebody that I just didn't get
You will know exactly how Lymond got that smell on him if you look back for a previous mention of it. To save you going backwards and forwards through the book, here's how I read it: it is the Aga Morat who uses a spikenard and basil perfume. In the scene where they are intercepted and all of the Knights of Saint John accompanying them are massacred, the bargain tacitly struck by Lymond with the Aga Morat is that he goes with him to save Jerott's life. Jerott is unaware of what exactly is going on in his befuddled state after the fire. Lymond continues the relationship while they are all in captivity. Why? He answers that question himself: all the usual reasons.I would say that 1. he found it expedient, and 2. it gave him a degree of sexual release, even if all the evidence is that he wasn't attracted to the Aga Morat. You also have to remember that by the time of the exchange in the garden, he has been deliberately addicted to opium and is beginning to show the effects.