No," he said. "Relius was right and I was wrong. You are My Queen. Even though you cut my head from my shoulders, with my last breath as a noose tightens, to the last beat of my heart if I hang from the walls of the palace, you are My Queen. That I have failed you does not change my love for you or my loyalty.

— Megan Whalen Turner

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Sometimes, if you want to change a man's mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first.

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The queen was settling on the edge of the bed, ungainly with hesitation and at the same time exquisite in her grace, like a heron landing in a treetop.

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I'll be your minister--" "Of the exchequer? You'd rob me blind.

" "I would never steal from you," he'd said hotly. "Oh? Where is my tourmaline necklace? Where are my missing earrings?" "That necklace was hideous. It was the only way to keep you from wearing it." "My earrings?" "What earrings?

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I was not so comfortable with my new authority that I could say 'We eat the chicken now!' but the magus had seen that I was considering it.

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He didn't marry you to become king. He became king because he wanted to marry you.

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It isn't an easy thing to give your loyalty to someone you don't know, especially when that person chooses to reveal nothing of himself.

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Then come out," said the king, helping him, "knowing you'll never die of a fall unless the god himself drops you.

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But there are other words for privacy and independence. They are isolation and loneliness.

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Will there be poppy juice in it?" Phresine shook her head.

"Good. My wife and I agreed that only my wine was to be poisoned.

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No 'Glory shall be your reward' for me. Oh, no, for me, it is, 'Stop whining' and 'Go to bed'.

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Are you badly hurt?" "Hideously," said the king, without sounding injured at all. "I am disemboweled. My insides may in an instant become my outsides as I stand here before you.

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Today, she had yielded the sovereignty of her country to Eugenides, who had given up everything he had ever hoped for, to be her King.

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Why did you come if not to murder my king?" "I came to steal his magus.

" "You can't," said the magus in question. "I can steal anything," Eugenides corrected him, "even with one hand.

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She's like a prisoner inside stone walls, and every day the walls get a little thicker, the doorways a little narrower.

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I'll stop shouting. I won't sit down. I might need to throw more inkpots.

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"Who am I, that you should love me?" "You are My Queen," said Eugenides.

She sat perfectly still, looking at him without moving as his words dropped like water into dry earth. "Do you believe me?" he asked. "Yes," she answered. "Do you love me?" "Yes." "I love you." And she believed him.

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There are a lot of things a person with two hands couldn't steal," Eddis said.

"So?" "If it's impossible to steal them with two hands, it's no more impossible to steal them with one. Steal peace, Eugenides. Steal me some time.

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That is ridiculous," she said. The king agreed. "Like falling in love with a landslide. Only you could fail to notice.

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From shadow queen to puppet queen in one rule.

That's very impressive. When he rules your country and he tells you he loves you, I hope you believe him. At least that's one lie I didn't tell you.

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Her queen danced like a flame in the wind, and the mercurial king like the weight at the center of the earth.

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Calf love doesn't usually survive amputation, Your Majesty.

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Who am I, that you should love me?

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Safety is an illusion, Costis. A Thief might fall at any time, and eventually the day must come when the god will let him. Whether I am on a rafter three stories up or on a staircase three steps up, I am in my god's hands. He will keep me safe, or he will not, here or on the stairs.

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Just asleep," Eddis reassured her. At the sound of her voice Eugenides's head turned slightly, but he didn't wake. Attolia, seeing the movement, breathed again and pressed her hand to her chest where it hurt.

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I am not sure I trust you." "You can trust me with your life, My King." "But not with my wine, obviously. Give it back.

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I am a master of foolhardy plans, I thought.

I have so much practice I consider them professional risks.

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The room was quiet, the others flicking glances at me.

I ignored them. After years in Sounis's palaces being eyed with disgust by my uncle and my own father and courtier after courtier, I assure you I am unrivaled at pretending not to notice other people's glances.

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Oh, that," said the king with a shrug.

"That isn't your honor, Costis. That's the public perception of your honor. It has nothing to do with anything important, except perhaps for manipulating fools who mistake honor for its bright, shiny trappings. You can always change the perceptions of fools.

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"Before you make a decision," he said, "I want you to know that I love you."

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Anyone who can steal the king's seal ring can manage the locks on his record room.

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What he brought out was a wooden gag they put in someone's mouth before doing something drastic, like cutting off a leg.

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Your Majesty, you just-" Costis stopped.

"Just what?" the king prompted wickedly. Nothing would induce Costis to say out loud that the king had almost fallen from the palace wall and that Costis had seen him manifestly saved by the God of Thieves. The king smiled. "Cat got your tongue?" "Your Majesty, you are drunk," Costis pleaded. "I am. What's your excuse?

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My beautiful queen. Your entire court is staring at you, and I can't blame them." They were, too. The queen turned to look. Her glance swept through the crowd like a reaping sickle through grain. Mouths slammed shut on every side. There was a scuffling sound as the people in the back shifted, trying to screen themselves from view. The queen looked back at the king, who was broadly smiling.

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These people make my family look easy to get along with.

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Irene-" "Don't call me that." "You were the princess Irene the first time we met." "It means 'peace'," Attolia said. "What name could be more inappropriate?" "That I be named Helen?" Eddis suggested. The hard lines in Attolia's face eased, and she smiled. Eddis was a far cry from the woman whose beauty had started a war.

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If I couldn't be Eddis, I would be Attolia.

If they needed to see my uncle in me, then I would show him to them. And I would take Attolia's advice because if I identified my enemy and destroyed him, Sounis would be safe.

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One cannot toss ambassadors back like bad fish," said Eugenides.

"You treat them with care, or you'll find you've committed an act of war.

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How do you know that, Philo, dear?" But Philologos had had enough of being condescended to. "Because, Lamion, I am not as dumb as you think I am, even if you are." By the time Lamion had parsed this to make sure that there was in fact an insult at the end of it, Hilarion had laid a restraining hand on his arm.

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Discretion prevented me from saying that I thought she was a fiend from the underworld and that mountain lions couldn't force me to enter her service.

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All I wanted to do was lie in the dry grass with my feet in a ditch forever.

I could be a convenient sort of milemarker, I thought. Get to the thief and you know you're halfway to Methana.

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Sounis had been thinking of Ambiades.

"He would have been a better man under different circumstances." Gen looked at him. "True enough," he said. "But does a good man let his circumstances determine his character?

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It made Costis wonder for the first time just how much the stoic man really wants to hide when he unsuccessfully pretends not to be in pain.

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Phresine showed him where he could sleep, in an interior room with no windows, a narrow bed, and a washstand. There were chests stacked along one wall, and Costis guessed the dismal spot was probably a closet cleaned out to make room for him. Hard to believe the royal apartments, so lavish elsewhere, would otherwise have such a plain corner. Expecting better of royal closets, Costis went to bed disappointed.

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She pulled the bedclothes up as far as they would go and suppressed a perverse wish to have her old nurse come to chase away the darkness, perverse because she didn't know if she wanted the shadows to be empty or not.

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...That he'd seen...two people, a young man and a woman, sitting on invisible furniture with their feet up, reading books and eating chocolates.

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I woke with a terrible headache and wobbled around 'till I fell out the window.

" "You what?" "Fell out the window. That one over there." She [Edwina] gestured to the curtain behind her. "I broke my back. My spine is all wobbly now, but it doesn't hurt.

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I was listening," the king said, aggrieved.

"I closed my eyes to listen better." "What did you hear?" "I'm not sure," he said." That's why I was listening so closely. I may have to ask the baron to repeat some parts of his report on his grain tax." "I am sure you can arrange an appointment." "I am sure I can too.

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Muse of poetry, come to his aid, I thought.

Could the man produce one more metaphor of husbandry? He seemed to be trying. "Green wood," I suggested, but even he sensed that there was something unfortunate about a metaphor for a king in which you dry out your royalty before you set fire to it.

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I know that if you don't look for an alternative, Sophos, you certainly won't find one.

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