Speculations about Sethra and the Lavodes (Was RE: TEST)

Casey Rousseau casey at the-bat.net
Wed Feb 15 08:32:21 PST 2006

Max writes:
> Sethra offers Vlad some wine in Issola:
>     "Good wine," I told her. "Thanks."
>     She smiled as if sharing a joke with herself and said, "You
> are most welcome, Lord Taltos."
> At one point I wondered if this was some kind of vampire thing
> (obErickson: virgin's blood is woody), although it didn't really
> match the text or Sethra's character. My current suspicion is
> that the wine comes either from Fenario or from Vlad's own estates
> (as Taltos or Szurke); since she is emphasizing his title the
> latter is more likely.
> Doesn't have much to do with vampires except that that's what
> reminded me.

I always thought that this was a subtle exchange.  Recall the long
discourses on the differences between wine and brandy.  This being a
meal served in _Issola_ by Sethra (or Tukko if you prefer) for Vlad
(and Teldra), of course the wine would be wine as Vlad would enjoy.