Where have you been? Your father has returned from the war.
If you do not look proper at the reception,it will be I who takes the blame, and I who receive the whipping. Hold still!
What had my mother been talking about? My grandmother was not teaching me anything unseemly. She was teaching me the arts of diplomacy, leadership, finance- certainly all skills that I would need in the future. And meanwhile, I was continuing my lessons with Simon.
I have heard of the bad blood between Anna Dalassena and the Ducas family...There was obviously a deep dislike-even hatred-there, and it made for a tension that I had felt, even while not understanding its source.
Do you not see how your sister sits so still that Dora is almost through with her hair?
*smiles at Anna
We stood, happy to be released from their cramped positions, and stretched out our arms for the sleeves of our gowns.