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Better late than
I said in the previous book, these last two chapters of resolution didn't come
until a much later draft of the novel. It's just so hard after all that drama and tension to then start letting
ended up starting the chapter with Fidel and Felix because I felt like it would
be easier to look at resolution through their eyes rather than Una's. There are
just too many emotions to deal with in Una following her transformation,
salvation, and that final epic battle! Maybe I was a bit of a coward to do it
this way . . . and maybe, as a more experienced writer now, I would have been
able to tackle this bit from Una's perspective. But the writer-me of years ago
certainly found it far too intimidating.
face it: we all like getting back to Felix anyway.
Monster's back. Well there you are, dragon-eaten cat! Where
were you when all the action was taking place?
here he is, purring and rubbing around Felix's ankles as though nothing had
happened. Silly beast. But who knows, maybe he was involved in some part of all
the drama of which we are unaware? Maybe there was something going on with some
of the soldiers of Shippening . . .
Running down the
love this moment when Felix, catching sight of his sister--whom, you realize,
he might have believed was killed--yelps and goes racing down the hill into her
arms. Yes, the squabble and fight. They're siblings! But they really do love
each other. All of these adventures have only strengthened the love between
these two. I think this is a really touching little scene . . . I might have
even teared-up a bit (but shhhh. Don’t tell).
I will return
for you. Aethelbald
leads the family into the Wood and guides them by Faerie paths across miles and
leagues. At last, they emerge at the coastal city of Glencrocus, where they are
greeted with much joy by the people of that city.
there, before they are overwhelmed by the crowds, Aethelbald quietly tells Una
that he must go. He has others he must look after, his own servants and those
of her father. But he promises that he will return for Una. And he asks,
"Will you wait for me?"
crowd parts them before she can speak, but I'm sure he saw everything he needed
in her smile.
Nurse! After many,
many, many chapters without her,
Nurse finally appears again, well and whole, delighted to be reunited with her
dear princess! Hoorah! And, of course, she has to disguise her joy by telling
Una what a mess she is and immediately falling into her usual, fussy ways.
sigh.* I do like the ends of books, so full of meetings and greetings and
reunions. I don't like writing them
particularly, but they are fun to read!
Felix and Una. While awaiting
Aethelbald's return, Una and Felix spend a good bit of time together. I think
they know that things will never be the same as they were. They'll never be as
close, playing their games, teasing their tutor, running away to the old
bridge. They've both grown up a lot, Una especially.
they know that she is going to marry and move on, never to return. Never to be
the sweet, young, immature Princess of Parumvir that she was.
a bittersweet time in a way. The fact is, you can't want everything to stay the same. It's not healthy. We have to move
and grow and learn how to love each other in new ways along the paths of our
lives. But it's hard not be wish--just a little
bit--that things could go on the way they always have.
think that's what this scene is about, between Una and her brother. But they
love each other better now than they did before. And ultimately, their love
will go on growing.
he does, he brings with him a certain treasure found in the ruins of Oriana:
Una's opal ring, the gift from her mother.
Una makes the wisest choice she's made through this entire novel. She says to
Prince Aethelbald, "I would be . . .
I think I should like you to keep it. If you would."
we know they're definitely going to
get married now!!!
to think about it." I liked having Una say, "I'll have to think
about it" when Aethelbald proposes to her for the second time. It makes me
laugh, because it's so obvious to
everyone that she is absolutely ready and willing to marry him! And Felix rolls
his eyes, because he knows too . . . he knows
Una is just being a pill and tease.
editors almost took this little bit out, however. In fact, in the advance reader
copies of Heartless, this little
"I'll have to think about it" section isn't included. They thought it
distracted from the romance of the scene. But I asked them to put it back. I
like a little laugh along with my romance!
now, there's nothing but a wedding left . . . .
Una, her father, and her brother were too full of joy after their bitter
separation to consider the fragility of their position. They clung to each
other and laughed and cried and interrupted each other and laughed and cried
some more. When at last Prince Aethelbald asked them to follow him into the
Wood, they did so without question, still laughing, still crying, and saying
words very little worth hearing save for the glad voices in which they were
never once let go of Una's hand. (p. 356)
"Are you going to marry Aethelbald?" Felix asked . . .
Aethelbald?" Una said with something like a smile. "I don't
snort at me, Felix. It's not seemly." (p. 358)
Questions on the
1. What do you
think it means when Una tells Aethelbald to keep her ring?
2. Any favorite