I wrote General Aliso's confrontation with her men over their failure,
because it would have had to happen. The
fate of the monastery caught me by surprise, but after I wrote it I realized
the inevitability of it. They had aided
and comforted the enemy, and monasteries and convents with far more likeable
inmates had fallen before this.
I dreamed, however, of recuperating in
Rashid's hospital, deeply depressed, gaunt and exhausted, yet with no apparent
wrote most of that about Zanne settling in, because she would have arrived in
Vanikke about now. But I have dreamed of
Vanikke, and it did indeed have telephones at the time.