Time again for the Tuesday Teaser! And yes yes, I’m on a Dorothy Dunnett kick lately. You get that way, when you’re immersed in one of her series.
Anyway, the Tuesday Teaser involves our grabbing the book we’re currently reading, opening it to a more or less random page, and taking two sentences from it to be teasers for the book. And above all, we should avoid including spoilers that give too much of the plot away, in case someone wants to read the book themselves.
This meme is hosted by MizB, at the Should Be Reading blog. Head over there and check out other people’s Teasers, and leave your own.
My current book (well, one of them) is Queen’s Play, the second book in Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. It takes place in France, when the seven year old Scottish Queen, Mary (yes, that Mary), is living there and about to be officially betrothed to the Dauphin. My Teaser comes from very early on, as a ship bearing some Interesting People is on its way to France from Ireland.
These two sentences are a couple of lines apart in the narrative. I chose them to give you an idea of Dunnett’s wonderful descriptions. In this scene, the escort of the Interesting People is looking around the deck to locate a couple of them:
At his side, the Prince’s secretary was still asleep, in a poisonous aura of wine, his black head bound like a pot roast by the sliding shadow-pattern of the rigging…Further off, Piedar Dooly the Prince’s servant was just visible, fitted into a recess, like something doubtful on the underside of a leaf.
Queen’s Play, p. 16
Whenever I read descriptions like that I just laugh and laugh and laugh. The “pot roast” remark just sets me up perfectly for the “something doubtful” description.