I cannot sleep. I am returned to my home in Rebma, still stinging
from my four day excursion into Amber. Has it been so long? So short?
Shorter than the time I have remaining, which can never now be long
enough. I am engaged to be married, an event to which I can attribute
little pleasure. It is not the thought of belonging to a woman, for what
else could give life meaning? I accept the fact that I must someday come
under the control of a single female. I cannot, as has Mother done,
remain single all of my life. By the time he's one hundred, a man can no
longer gain polite company unless he is firmly attached. Or has been left
enough wealth to support eccentricity. I neither expect Llewella's end by
that time nor doubt that she would divert her estate elsewhere to spare me
such troubling choice of lifestyle. Nor does it really surprise me that
my marriage was arranged for me. It's a relief, really, in a sense. I
could not, after all, be trusted to make such an important decision on my
own, and I must confess that she has outdone herself in providing so well
for my future. The problem is just that. The future. If it was to occur
within the next few years, it would be bearable. I could gain her
acquaintance, find common ground, build it if necessary, and then it would
be done. She's three days old! It'll be about fourteen years before we
have anything in common. How can I get to know her without shaping her in
the process? How can I see my wife as a child? It's all so sick and
wrong. I have years to worry about that, however, and it would be selfish
of me to obsess on my own problems when a woman is crying in my bed. I do
not know how to help Lyss. I don't know if I even can. But she
befriended me against terrible opposition, and I cannot let that debt
drop. She has many insecurities, and I believe she may feel unworthy of
her legacy. Tomorrow, I will find out what her heritage means to her, and
perhaps I can help her find ways to accept her place in it. Ahab's
behavior toward her is unconscionable. His opinion of me should not be
affecting her in this way. I never meant to lower anyone but myself.
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