He has proven himself a friend
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From: A letter from the Palace
'I am glad I spent the time cultivating his acquaintance, tedious though he can be.'
I have found a gift for him: a view of the Shuttered Palace from the water-gardens[…] When the artist heard the Functionary's name, she waived payment[…] His reputation extends further than I expected. And his letters contain useful information.
Your gift is suitably wry: a glimpse of London in the sepia tones of the tomb-colonies.
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