1. According to Nanny, how long do women go on having babies?
According to Nanny, women only have babies when they are young enough not to know how grim life turns out. Once women get the full measure of it, they dry up in disgust and sensibly quit having babies.
2. What does Frex do that shows he is more concerned for Melena than she knows?
On his way out of town, Frex stops at the first fisherman's hut he sees. He speaks with the man in the half-door and asks if a woman or two can spend the day and maybe even the night with Melena. He doesn't want her alone in case the baby arrives.
3. What is the Clock of the Time Dragon?
The Clock of the Time Dragon is a theatre that is mounted on a wagon. It is punched on all four sides with alcoves and arches. On the flat roof is a clockwork dragon made of green painted leather, silvery claws, and ruby jeweled eyes. Its skin is made of hundreds of overlapping discs of copper, bronze, and iron. Beneath its scales, is an armature that is controlled by clockwork. The Time Dragon circles on a pedestal, flexes it narrow leathery wings, and belches out balls of flaming orange stink. Puppets wheels in and out of the doorways, windows, and porches. All of it is designed as entertainment and a bit of prophecy.
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