Here, King Laurent is described (by Eva) as a person of immense self-confidence and inner strength. Oh, how to be that! That is earned. And truly that's why Laurent is royalty. But surely there is some way for me to approximate that. I have so much to learn.
I wonder if A.N. Roquelaure depicted Lexius as quite obnoxious and presumptuous in preparation for this scene, or whether, as I am inclined to believe, she simply followed his behavior in her mind's eye as the chapters unfolded, wrote it down, and then when she got to this chapter, had Lexius take a dose of Laurent's medicine. Maybe the latter, and I am basing that solely on Anne's many videos on writing, which are very useful for aspiring writers. It's November and a lot of people are NaNo-ing, and Anne gives much practical advice here.
In this chapter there is a seed, a hint, a possibility, of a future A.N. Roquelaure book! Or am I wishfully thinking?
But I'm beginning to feel very sorry for Lexius now. And this is Anne's trick (or devise) that I always fall for. I get emotionally involved in her characters. Always. I could never be neutral towards them. I am either antipathetic or totally sympathetic. Madly in love, or seething in hatred. But always there is a feeling. Lexius now is working his way into my heart.
Well, what Lexius revealed, I never expected. And then again, when has Anne ever been predictable?
It's a good time as any to reveal who I think of as Titania, the fairy woman who started it all with her gift of a hundred years' sleep to Beauty. My ultimate teenage crush, of course. Lea Salonga. I wanted her to be Lady Eva from the beginning. Well, maybe I could allow that. And have Zhang Ziyi swap as Titania. Well, it's my imagination.