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Mariotta & Lymond
by Keddi (luisadeza)
at July 16th, 2007 (12:24 pm)

Can anyone enlighten me concerning the relationship of Mariotta and Lymond?
Have they known each other before Lymond's escape to London? Because I find it strange that he should

send her all the jewels when he's only seen her once. Or is this all part of the things he does to anger his brother?
I find it a bit confusing that so much of what happened before the action in this book remains unknown, okay, it's damn intriguing, but sometimes I'm a little bit confused...

Oh, and where are the quotes at the start of each chapter from?
And is there actually some kind of pattern? I mean, does she refer to certain characters with the name of a certain chess piece? (This only just occured to me... I should pay more attention to these things...)


Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)

He's never known her before, and he's doing it to anger Richard. Or there may be another clever reason that I don't remember right now, because I haven't read that far in my current re-read.

Doesn't it say somewhere, maybe in the front of the book, where the epigraph quotes come from? I think it's a manual on how to play chess. And yes, the quotes and titles etc. with mentions of chess do refer to characters (and the titles of the other books are all chess-related too.) I don't think it follows a consistent pattern (like "knight" always being Lymond etc.) but it's just cool. :D

Posted by: Keddi (luisadeza)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)

Ah, thanks for clearing that up! :)

It doesn't say anything in the front of the book really, I was already searching for info on the illustration, but there's nothing...

Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)

I think there's info on the illustration on the back of the cover, because I remember it says the little central ivory miniature comes from the National Gallery or something, and it's on the cover of all the books. I don't remember what the painting is, but the photograph is Dunottar Castle in Scotland.

Maybe it says at the beginning of the first "book" where the quotes are from?

Posted by: Keddi (luisadeza)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)

Oh, yes, I found a name, thanks!
I'll research it tomorrow, I still wanna read some pages before I go to sleep. The English caught Christian! O_O

I couldn't find anything on the quotes though. Maybe I'll just search some verses on google or something...

Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)

The English caught Christian! O_O


I looked up the epigraphs in my Companion book, and it says: "The chapter headings come from the first book to have been published in England, The Game and Playe of the Chesse by William Caxton, printed in London in 1447." Wow, cool! Funny that the first book to be published in England was about chess.

Posted by: Keddi (luisadeza)
Posted at: July 17th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)

Yay! Thanks! :D
The first book published in England? That's cool. You'd think the first book ever published would be something of great literary value, but maybe it was at that time...

And I found some info on the painting. It's by Alexander Nasmyth, a Scottish painter from the 18th/19th century. Apparently he's painted every Scottish landscape and Robert Burns ;) , but I can't find the right one... :?

Posted by: Keddi (luisadeza)
Posted at: July 18th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)

Found it! The Fishing Party, Loch Katrine<>.

Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: July 19th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
remarkable stephen

Oh yes! Well done!

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Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: October 14th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
stephen eyes

I don't know. In fact, I don't even know where I read that. I probably read that tidbit of info in 'The Dorothy Dunnett Companion.'

Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: July 16th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)

(My copy is at work in my bag right now, and I've come home for lunch, or else I'd look it up for you.)

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Posted by: Keddi (luisadeza)
Posted at: October 12th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)

Yes, he is, but that's one thing I love about him!

I finished GoK a while ago, I was really surprised that I actually got to like Richard in the end! And the duel between them was just amazing...

Posted by: poppenhuis (grace_poppy)
Posted at: October 14th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)

I was surprised at that too! And now that I know him a lot better, I'm really fond of Richard. I used to really dislike him or think he was stupid and stubborn, but now I realize that he's just a good man trying to protect his country and his family.

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