great to read in the comments to my previous post that people are still interested in discussing Felix&Mildmay et al.!
I'm up to the end of The Mirador in my reread, but I want to go back and check some sections again before I move on to Corambis. It's amazing how many times you can pore over these books and still find new things you hadn't noticed before!
A couple of questions that I haven't been able to answer so far, maybe you could help me:
1. When Mildmay is running from Rindleshin and his gang he is carrying a jewel box, a clock and a statuette. He has to run from roof to roof and at one point he lands (quite heavily I suspect!) on a gargoyle. So how did he manage not to lose or break the stuff he's carrying? Later when he meets Ginevra he says he's wearing a special coat with concealed inner pockets that lets him carry stuff around safely, but I don't think he was wearing that earlier.
2. Towards the beginning of Melusine when he's talking about dying his hair dark, he says he cannot understand people like Felix Harrowgate and some other person dying their hair with henna (he doesn't know Felix's hair is naturally red like his own). Is this some rumour he has heard? He obviously hasn't met Felix before the hotel in Hermione or he would have noticed the family resemblance.
I'll try to add tags but please do let me know if I make a mess...
Iirc, the other redhead was a famous actress. Felix was also famous (or notorious!), being both a powerful wizard and Shannon's lover. Even if Mildmay had never actually seen either of them, I think it must have been common knowledge (like in the Mélusinien equivalent of the National Enquirer!) that they had red hair.
I've never met Paris Hilton but everyone talks about her and thus I know details about her/her life. I assume Felix is similar, powerful and notorious and much talked about. Especially with OMG RED HAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIR!!!!! which is rare and thus juicy gossip.