In which Eilonwy proves herself adept at backhanded compliments, Taran has sword envy, and we are about to learn the answer to the million dollar question: did Gwydion make it?
She's never gonna forget the whole 'assistant pig-keeper' thing, is she?
Nope. Though as a status it's really meaningless to her. She is not actually a snob, it's just that he is her only point of reference and she takes him at face value.
Yep! Gwydion! XD
And you know, in panel 3, Taran strongly resembles Gwydion. Accidental symbolism?
He does! I didn't notice that. Must be subconscious!
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Wow, Eilonwy is quick to orient herself...
She's pragmatic. And she's seen plenty of nasty stuff in her lifetime, so this is just one more, and probably a relief to her.
Returning here to add an observation that has occurred to me only now. This passage is a good example of the masterhood with which Alexander tackled his topics because it works on different levels.
"Achren will be furious", indeed? Younger readers will take this as a comic relief moment after all the dramatic tension, or that's what I thought back then: Come on, girl, you haven't just smashed a wine-glass, you are left with nothing but what you're wearing, and all you are concerned about is what Achren will say? - But when you read it again later, you realise that there is a deeper layer to it that has escaped you first time. Eilonwy is in a shock state, and it is quite common with such conditions that her mind would refuse to accept what her eyes can see. Particularly she denies to herself that her door has slammed shut and she is on the wrong side of it, that this is no longer a playful distraction for a bored teen to pull Achren's leg a bit before bedtime but a matter of life and death. Therefore she goes on for now pretending business as usual, with just a minor accident behind her: "Oh, there is your friend, hope we didn't scare him away with earthquake and all." But once it will settle in she will realize that their positions have reversed since there is no way back: Now she is the one whose life and future depends on someone else' goodwill ! Who has quite a problem with acknowledging it ...
All true, and it underscores that life with Achren is all she knows. She is so used to measuring everything by Achren’s reaction and the likelihood of punishment that she does it automatically, even when it makes no sense.
It's really Achren's shadow eclipsing her mind, isn't it? And time and again it comes back, like in that later scene with the fawn.