Chapter 7: All To Her Desire
Oh my god please kill me
Auri continues with her soap making adventures. This involves making more soap. Very slowly. Then she rinses her hands and feet. Again.
Each to each, and all to her desire.
Title droooooop or whatever
After the soap is done and Auri washes had hands (and feet (again)) the chapter ends.
Chapter 8: The Graceful Way To Move
They never end
Today is a “waxing day” and a “day for making”, according to the inscrutable whims of Auri’s brain. Then she
you know what fuck this, I’m not summarizing the plot (such as it is) any more. It’s time for The Slow Regard Of Silent Things: GREATEST HITS EDITION
You did not want things for yourself. That made you small. That kept you safe. That meant you could move smoothly through the world without upsetting every applecart you came across. And if you were careful, if you were a proper part of things, then you could help. You mended what was cracked. You tended to the things you found askew. And you trusted that the world in turn would brush you up against the chance to eat. It was the only graceful way to move. All else was vanity and pride.
This is one of the few sections where we actually get something approaching insight into Auri’s character, as opposed to…. whatever the rest of this book is. But instead of making her more interesting it just makes her more two-dimensional and uninteresting. Her entire existence seems to revolve around Kvothe; she has such little agency and actual presence in this world it’s almost like she doesn’t exist.
Case in point: it’s only one day until Kvothe’s big visit, the same visit hat Auri has been focusing all of her energy on for the entire book. Does she just do this 24/7? When one visit ends does she immediately start obsessing about the next one?
Next up on our random discssion topic: I am convinced Rothfuss is just making up new locations in the Underthing to troll his readers. Long sections of this book consist of “then she scurried back through Wains, then into Vans and past Woodlefluzz, which led to Bloopityblorp”. I swear I can’t keep track of the nonsensical names, there are like three I don’t even remembering seeing before this chapter.
Anyway, Auri drops the gear she found (which she’s named Fulcrum) and it breaks, and I didn’t bother reading what happens after that.