Chapter 4: A QUITE UNCOMMON PLEASANT PLACE
Are you sure it isn’t an unquite common not-unpleasent place
What kind of place will this be? What will happen in the place? Will there be multiple places? Let’s fine out!
EVENTUALLY A CLOUD hid the moon. Smug thing.
I’ve been harping on this a lot, but as the book offers absolutely no plot I must harp on it more: so much of the narration is just completely meaningless bullshit like what you see above. Auri describes a cloud as “smug” or a door as “bashful” or whatever, none of which means anything; you could literally just pair up random nouns with random adjectives and get the same result. Corpulent floors! Whimsical chairs! The nuclear reactor sure is looking magnanimous today! Earlier I said this book was all about playing with language, but this isn’t even that, it’s just random nonsense.
Auri scurries back into the Underthing after unsuccessfully looking for Kvothe. Then she gets that bone she found in the first chapter and buries it near a graveyard in the University grounds. Then she eats some mushrooms. Then she finds a small house.
By the way, I’m not being reductive by summarizing the plot that way- the actual narration is literally “and then Auri did this, and then she did this, [proletariat shrubs or whatever], and then she did this”.
Then she finds a huge dog.
It massed half again as much as her, its shoulders coming nearly to her chest.
Either Auri is really tiny or this is a seriously big dog.
Then Auri goes into a barn.
Auri spent some time there, looking over everything . The grindstone. The quern. The small, well-fitted churn.
Goodnight quern! Goodnight Churn! Goodnight pointless side character wasting my time!
It was a quite uncommon , pleasant place
chapter title droooooooop etc
Auri basically just steals some food from the barn, which, okay. Maybe another reason she shouldn’t be living on her own. But she leaves behind a white lace that’s full of autumn or something! The farmer can eat that right
She would have loved to have some butter too , as hers was full of knives.
You should probably fix that
On the way out a young girl in the house spots Auri so she starts cavorting around whimsically and leaves a chunk of crystal in a tree trunk for the girl to find. I wonder if this is supposed to be Auri giving rise to a story about fairies? Because, you see, there are fairies in this world, but they’re not like whimsical whimsy-fairies, but now Auri is acting like a whimsical whimsy-fairy, and it’s all very clever indeed.
Huh chapter’s over already? Man these are getting shorter.
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