Quicksilver - Section 11: Odalisque, pages 611-688 Summary & Analysis

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Section 11: Odalisque, pages 611-688 Summary

Daniel spends much time at Whitehall because King Charles II nominated him as the unofficial secretary for matters pertaining to the Puritans. While he stands on the Privy Stairs, Roger Comstock stops to talk to him after visiting the King's sick chamber. As they walk to the King's bedchamber, they discuss politics and the Royal Society, and Roger reminds Daniel that "in our concern for the previous king we must not forget to maintain good relations with the next" (p. 625). Daniel walks to St. James' Palace where James, the King's brother who is next in the succession, resides. At St. James' Palace, Daniel tells James that his brother will be dead within an hour. At Whitehall, Pepys informs Roger that James is happy with Daniel for not being afraid to speak the truth plainly, and Daniel suggests James trusts him because...

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