Tortallan Court Politics

Tammy: In To Kill A Mockingbird Jem describes the legal term entailment to Scout as the condition “of having your tail in a crack.” That’s where Jon is right at this point in time with his conservative faction. He has to keep them happy–not only did they supply knights and men-at-arms during the (3 months ago) Immortals War, but they have been supplying funds and labor for the subsequent repairs. Jon is having to be far nicer than usual. (And no, this has nothing to do with anything later in the book or series; it’s just political backstory.)

Tammy: If Wyldon’s womenfolk knew the kind of trash he’d been talking at court, they would make his life a living hell.

Tammy: Alanna didn’t deal with a large portion of Tortallan society. She was usually with the prince and his friends, or George and his friends. And she was disguised as a boy. By the time she came out as a girl, she was on the road. When she came home, events went quickly–we didn’t see her interact with the court at large, or I might have shown you the greater picture. And in Daine’s quartet she only appeared briefly, among people who were used to her.

SOURCE: [MR:FT:1.1, 1.2, 1.3]