Surprise surprise! Another Tuesday Teaser from Dorothy Dunnett. It was between this and another book, but I’ve only just started reading the other one, so I don’t know what would make a good teaser yet. Next week, perhaps.
Meanwhile, remember the way it works: you take your current read (or one of them), open it to a random page, and pull two (2) sentences from it. I like to be quite literal, apart from exceptional circumstances, and really take only two sentences.
Post the sentence to tease others into reading the book, but don’t include any spoilers! (That is, don’t include anything that would give away something important in the story.)
This meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog, so head over there and leave your teaser, and click through to other people’s.
Mine today takes place as a big procession is marking the grand and official entry of King Henri of France into the city of Rouen. Several people are late getting to the special box where their own seats are, and have hitched a ride in a cart where several costumed people who will participate in the procession are riding. They are just approaching a bridge.
I am cheating today, and including three sentences. Just because it all helps provide the setting. And, again, demonstrates Dunnett’s humour:
On the far shore Orpheus waited by the Triumphal Arch chatting to Hercules. Beside them on the beach Neptune, a cloak over his blue robes, was sitting huddled beside a Seven-Headed Hydra which was lying on its back and eating a sausage. Beyond that sat three men next to a plaster whale.
– p. 83, Queen’s Play, by Dorothy Dunnett (1984 Warner Books edition)
(Those Dunnett fans who have already read this book will know the significance of one of the things mentioned in these sentences, but I’m not telling! 🙂 )