On Fortune's Wheel - Study Guide Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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For two days, the two gently drift down the river, in the center where the current is strongest. Orien pedantically explains to Birle what he means by "taking a bath." Offended, Birle explains that the common people understand baths very well. Orien is curious about Birle's people, and amazed to learn she carries a small, sharp knife in her boot. Privately, Birle wonders if it was a crime involving a lady that led the Lord to flee his home. She has heard that Lords marry for land, or for a dowry, or to establish an alliance, rather than for love. She wonders if Orien might have left his family in order to escape such a loveless marriage. He assures her only that he has broken no law.

Birle confides that she has never known the name of her mother's father. Her grandmother was already pregnant when she...

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