By Judith Tarr
THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any needs or wants yet his personal, sentenced to a bad destiny for his sins opposed to guy, lady, and God.
THE STALLION: both spoiled, both reckless, sure until eventually loss of life to a sour servitude.
THE TURK'S inheritor: Fiercest of competitors, so much committed of enemies, whose armor hides a mystery. Come into the area of the Arabian Nights, the place magic and secret meet; the place justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the center turns hate to like.
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And he was right. When civil war came, Bevan Bevan would be a Royalist. Bevan was stirring trouble now, even though he always insisted he was supportive of Gideon. The lad's rebellion would be exposed, to become family lore, occasioning many more furious arguments at home. Third Dotterel was forced to acknowledge that he had been recognised; he lowered his delicate beak in a sad salute. Thoroughly despondent, he flapped his arms like wings and stepped on his way. 'So there he flies; we have done our duty' What duty?
His first task was to locate Robert Allibone, his new master, who worked at the sign of the Auger. This, his great-uncle had airily instructed, would be found off Fleet Lane. Brought up in the City, Gideon had to leave the few streets around Cheapside that he knew well, pass through the hubbub of booksellers around St Paul's and explore westwards beyond the city wall to Ludgate Hill and the busy environs of the Old Bailey. Though only half an hour's walk away, this was unknown territory. He was reluctant to ask directions.
Backstage, a small girl who was skipping about unattended shrieked with joy. Gideon Jukes had almost fallen over her as she stood below his line of sight, constricted as his vision was through the eyeholes. She pushed him aside, almost sick with excitement as actors playing a painter and a carpenter, a tailor's wife, a feather-maker's wife and an embroiderer's wife exchanged banter on stage. They represented ordinary people from a backstage world to which she had just been introduced by her somewhat frowsty grandmother.
A Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr