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Hello again,

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...

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On June 7th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC), naamah_darling commented:
Re: the hair thing, I was assuming that since redheads were so rare, when he saw one, he assumed it was hennaed and not natural!
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On June 7th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC), felixeyes replied:
Yes, that's true - but how did he know that Felix had red hair in the first place, since he'd never seen him before Hermione?
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On June 7th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC), smills47 replied:
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.
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On June 8th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC), felixeyes replied:
Yes, it does make sense when you put it like that, thanks.
I like the idea of a Melusinian equivalent of the National Enquirer!
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On July 7th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC), shadefell commented:
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.
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