Chapter 3: Beautiful and Broken
After doing whatever it is happened last time Auri goes back to get the gear again.
It was patient as three stones,
What does that meeeeaaaaan
Basically Auri is just wandering around seeing if the gear “feels at home” anywhere, but since this is governed by her completely nonsensical perception there isn’t a whole lot of suspense or mystery or…. well…. anything. Eventually she decides to go to that mysterious room she found in chapter one, because why the hell not.
(Incidentally I’m still not sure if all of this stuff is supposed to be down to Auri’s magical mind damage or if it’s just her natural quirkiness. Notably, Elodin was also insufferably quirky but he largely seemed to be putting it on, whereas with Auri it seems to be a fundamental alteration to how she perceives the world)
To be so lovely and so lost. To be all answerful with all that knowing trapped inside. To be beautiful and broken.
Well at least it wasn’t referring to what I thought it was going to refer to.
Eventually the answer to the scintillating mystery of both the gear and the room are solved: Auri puts the gear and the belt buckle together and that…. makes everything good. Or something. Reading this is like reading a walkthrough for an adventure game whee none of the puzzles make any sense.
Auri laughed in delight, and every piece of the laughing was a tiny bird come tumbling out to fly around the room.
Hey that’s pretty nice
On the way back to Wherever Auri hears music and assumes it’s Kvothe, arrived early. This is of course mightily exciting because Kvothe is just the coolest you guys.
There was her newfound ring of autumn gold. That was fine enough, surely. And it suited him, twice bright. But as a gift it was . . . foreboding. She did not wish to hint at him of demons.
IS IT THE CHANDRIAN
IS SOMETHING FINALLY GOING TO HAPPEN OH GOD IT’S BEEN SO LONG
Auri climbs out of the underthing and onto a high vantage point, assassin’s creed style.
Then she was On Top Of Things. She could see everything and forever. All of Temerant spooled endlessly away beneath her feet.
So I meant to talk about this earlier, but back in the Let’s Read I mentioned that Kvothe’s world didn’t have any name beyond “the four corners of civilization”. Just recently at the conclusion of a charity fundraiser it was announced on Rothfuss’ blog that The World has a name: Temerant.
Which…. okay. It seems a bit weird to spend that long fine-tuning a word that sounds like every single other conlang word in the series. I mean it seems like he could have just as easily gone with Scordiel or Yathrill or Floopityboop but what do I know.
(Edit: a commentor has alerted us to the fact that Temerant is actually Latin)
There wasn’t anything. Just warm tar under her feet. And chimbleys.
Between this and “nekkid” I’m really starting to wonder if some typos slipped through the editing process (again: this is an officially purchased kindle version).
Anyway it looks like Kvothe wasn’t actually there so Auri is sad.
To recap, things we have learned so far about Auri in this book about Auri:
– she’s quirky
– she really, really, really likes Kvothe