I think that there is only one quality that is worse than hardness of the heart and that is softness of the head. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Nathan I’ve known a few who suffer from both.
Cullen Haven’t we all?
Arinda Now boys, it’s not nice to judge. What looks like one thing to you, may be something else entirely.
Cullen Well, the Princess of Hearts and Bunnies weighs in.
Nathan No kidding. Maybe you’d like to go deliver lupines to the poor.
Arinda Lupines? What good are lupines going to do for the poor?
Nathan Well, I don’t know, do I? Maybe they make lupine stew.
Catherine You know, that is an excellent idea. And since you and Cullen have nothing better to do than be smarmy and rude to Arinda, I’ve asked Cristov to let you help me.
Cullen You really are delivering lupines to the poor? I don’t think they’re meant to be eaten. They're a bit poisonous, actually.
Nathan I suppose they could brighten up a dreary room.
Catherine Don’t be ridiculous! You’ll be delivering food baskets to the Harbor District.
Nathan The Harbor District! I’m not going anywhere near the Harbor District!
Catherine I suppose you want Arinda and I to go?
Nathan I don’t want you anywhere near there!
Catherine Well, then, it’s settled.
Nathan Nothing’s settled! I’m not going!
Cristov Oh, yes. I think you are.
Nathan Grrr! Well, I guess it’s a good thing Cullen’s going along. He’ll be able to patch us up when we get knifed.
Catherine Oh, don’t be such a baby. It’s highly unlikely anyone would knife you.
Arinda No. It’s much more probable they’d try to beat you to death with a jack club.
Nathan Oh thanks.
Simon You know, the Clairvoyant Petticoat is down in that neighborhood.
Nathan That’s true. Not a bad pub, that!
Simon Chances are if you take all the baskets and chuck ‘em into the middle of the square, they’ll disappear in three minutes flat. Then we can go to the Petticoat and have some fun.
Nathan We, Simon?
Simon Yeah. Stand me a pint, and I’ll go with.
Catherine Wait just a minute! No!
Cullen Sounds good to me!
Nathan Let’s go!
Catherine Oh, no you don’t! That’s not what you’re supposed to do.
Arinda You’re yelling at air, Catherine. They’re gone.
Catherine Oooh! I swear one day... come with me, Rinda.
Arinda Where are we going?
Catherine We're going lupine picking. Nathan's having stew for dinner.