A letter from Fekemme

Half of this is written in semsin, hard to get across in a language that doesn’t allow for it. To Edhmem Sathafái, King of Velihas, in Baraz Father, you were so absolutely right, I hardly believe it. You were already right when you told Mother that it was useless to go to Valdyas and ask for a princess’ hand in marriage for me. Everybody here assures me that even the eldest princess is no more than three years old and the other is still an infant, and even the princes, who are older, are far too young for Maha. Perhaps in ten years the little sisters can go to Valdis or Turenay to meet them and make up their own minds. I have found my princess, and if she isn’t one by birth she certainly is in spirit [with a semsin picture of Lyse]. How can I have travelled so far with her without seeing that? –But I did see it, if not already when she turned up at Baraz then when we fled from the robbers of the Bee who wanted to rip my birthright from me, or when we worked on the ship, or when we were learning […]