Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Lord Worthy's. Grace finds out that she really is not an heiress and has no inheritance, and Lord Worthy is in prison. Sir Charles tells Grace that, as Worthy's heir, he gets all of the estates that Lord Worthy had before. Sir Charles, kindly as he is, decides to give Grace most of that inheritance, making her rich again. So Sir Charles is the one who really GIVES Grace her estates, but since they were Lord Worthy's, she really inherited them from him.
Lord Worthy. Though everyone (except Grace) thought Lord Robert had killed Sir Gerald, they found out that the imposter of Sir Charles, Hector Amesbury, had really stabbed him. Then they find out that Lord Worthy had put darkwort into Lord Robert's wine, but instead of Robert drinking it, Sir Gerald did, so that was the real way he died.
Kersey. Kersey is poor, but he dreams of being a nobleman, so he pesters Grace about life at court. He's shocked when she tells him that a cheap velvet suit costs a hundred pounds.
Belladonna. Mrs. Bea says that darkwort is related to belladonna (deadly nightshade), and that it's very nasty stuff.
Twynhoe. Mrs. Bea's last name is Twynhoe, but she says to call her Mrs. Bea because Twynhoe is such a mouthful that she couldn't even say it properly herself on her wedding day.
Welsh pony. It never says what breed of horse Doucette actually is, but Grace thinks that she might have some Welsh pony in her because of her pretty head.
St. Margaret's Chapel. The Queen's Chapel and Whitehall Chapel were both too fancy for Sir Gerald to be kept at, and as far as I know, there is no St. Vincent's Chapel in London.
A rabbit. Ellie saw the spit-dog catch the rabbit, and she took it from him--after giving him the guts. Then she skinned it, roasted it on a spit, and shared it with Masou.
Lord Robert. Lord Robert was blamed because there was an aiglet of Lord Robert's crest lying next to Sir Gerald's body. Really, it was put there on purpose, so that Lord Robert *would* be blamed.
Pearl, garnet, and diamond. Pearls are Grace's favorite jewel (partly why she chooses Lord Robert's betrothal gift), and the Queen gives the earrings to her after the ball.
February 14th, 1568. Grace's mother died exactly a year before the St. Valentine's Day Ball.
Pip. Since Pip is Sir Gerald's manservant, he has to clean up after Sir Gerald vomits. Ellie ends cleaning it for him, however, because Pip is busy doing something else.
A string of pearls. Sir Charles gave Grace the flask, Lord Robert gave Grace the pearls, Sir Gerald gave Grace the dagger, and the earrings I made up!
A Burgermeister. The Queen began the dancing with a Burgermeister to break the ice. The Burgermeister was so silly, with the wagging fingers and pointing toes, that no one could feel self-conscious while dancing it.
Fried-bread sippets. The serving man carried in the candied carrots, and when he bent to get the fried-bread sippets, he had a very strained expression on his face, and then he farted, making Grace and Mary Shelton giggle.
Birds. On the morning of St. Valentine's Day, Grace is writing in her daybooke while in church, pretending to take notes on the sermon. Near the end of that entry, Grace writes that she has to go soon, since the chapel boys are singing and it's nearing the end of the service.
Greensleeves. Sir Charles sings "Greensleeves" to Grace because when they go riding, Grace wears her hunting kirtle, which has green sleeves. Grace thinks that Sir Charles has a very nice voice, but she is thoroughly embarrassed that a man old enough to be her father sings to her and wants to marry her.
Cherry. The cherry tree reminds Grace of her mother because when the tree blooms, the blossoms are the same color as a dress Grace's mother used to wear in the summer.
Rosewater and almond oil. Lady Sarah Bartelmy is very vain about her appearance, and when the Queen tells her to walk the dogs, Lady Sarah is pouting because she thinks the chill wind will spoil her complexion.
The compost heaps. The compost heaps in the orchard, because that's where she helped Masou and Ellie build their little hideout.
If she really fought in the sea battle. Grace ends her daybooke by wondering if she really fought in the sea battle. And of course, she really did.
All the sweets are being eaten. After that, Grace is glad to be of higher rank than a real page, because then *she* can be the one to eat all the sweets if she wants, not the one sighing because she doesn't get any.
A musket ball. Before the musket ball almost hits her, Grace doesn't really realize that people are actually trying to kill her, though almost being shot wakes her up a bit.
Fire pots. While Grace shoots the other ship's sails with burning arrows, Masou throws "fire pots" at it, so the whole vessel starts burning.
The Judith. The Judith weighed 50 tons, and Drake was made captain of when he was 24. The Judith is the ship that Grace and Masou were on for the sea battle and the rescue of Lady Sarah.
The Silver Arrow. I don't know if the Silver Arrow ever existed, or was only from Patricia Finney's imagination. Lady Sarah was on the Silver Arrow when she was held captive by Derby.
|When Grace has to climb the ratlines and then hook her toes on the toe-rope, what does she pretend the rope is, so it will seem less scary?||"Betrayal," by Patricia Finney
A cherry tree. Grace pretends that the toe-rope is a cherry tree, and imagines she's just trying to get some cherries that are in a hard place to reach, which helps her stay a bit calmer.
|What is the name of the sullen-looking boy who fights with Grace, and also helps the cats so that they won't be drowned?||"Betrayal," by Patricia Finney
Tom Webster. Tom, who is big and always looks sullen, is really softhearted, and he takes care of the ship's cat and her kittens when the other sailors want to drown them.
Gently and annoyingly. Grace, used to her soft bed in her chamber, can't sleep the first night on the ship. Masou, however, falls asleep instantly, and his snoring annoys Grace terribly.
Beer. The space between the beer barrels is where Grace and Masou eat and sleep while on the ship.
Gregory. When Masou asks Grace what she's going to be called, she says, "Um, Gregory? That sounds a bit like Grace."