Hobb and The Kettle have one final debate. Hobb keeps his promise. Featuring “Fantasy for Piano.”
Hobb’s grand tour of the King’s home sparks a new revelation by Merrily, and Merrily sparks an adjustment of the First Minister’s trousers. King Leeland issues Hobb an ultimatum. Hobb tries desperately to wrest a concession from The Kettle, but comes up empty.
Hobb the Wise and The Kettle share an unfriendly cup of tea. The Kettle illuminates the difference between truth and honesty. Hobb reveals their great and shared enemy. King Leeland suspects Hobb is after his job; Hobb demurs. Everyone drinks a great deal of tea.
In Uellodon, Hobb the Wise meets old friends and old enemies. He scores some philosophical points against The Kettle, but has to flee the battlefield–only to be trapped in a hunting story. The King makes a speech, and Hobb makes a list of who is naughty and who is nice.