“A good and proper one.” Crow eyes you carefully. “You give the impression of a curious mind. A sharp stick in the good drawer. I think that’s nice, but others may not react so happily. Careful, careful.”

That’s all Crow says.

You’re about to consider asking something else, when Crow says: “Don’t ask so many questions. Keep your head down. Stay cautious. Enjoy your feelings of surprise and confusion. They won’t last. You’re still new here. Play along, and it will all work out. Look alive, now, friend: we’re here.”

[Well, well. A good and proper banquet. Just what will this be like?] 39.