Musette also has a male companion, and...uh...
His skin was as dark as skin that hadn’t seen much sun in centuries could be. I was betting he tanned with very little effort. He just hadn’t had much opportunity to catch any rays. His eyes were an odd blue green, aqua, like the waters of the Caribbean. They were startling in his dark face and should have added warmth and beauty. But they were cold. He should have been handsome, but he wasn’t, the sour expression on his face stole all that.In the case of the first bolded thing...YEAH. No. I do not think white ethnic backgrounds work that way.
In the case of the second...commas have died for this book. Whole flocks of them. Weep. Weep for the commas.
Everybody sits down. LKH makes sure we know who is graceful and who isn't, and that later is basically Anita. Musette and Jean Claude talk in French long enough for Musette's willingness to offend Anita to be established, and then she starts speaking in "heavily accented"English.
THANK GOD LKH is not a phonetic accent writer. I'd probably have a conniption if she were.
She starts poking Damian with a short stick, AKA questioning him about his old mistress. Abuse is heavily implied, of course, and Anita finally tells Musette to knock it off. Musette then turns on Anita. Because, you know, this is all about Anita.
Jean Claude formally introduces Anita as his servant.
Musette reminds him of Juliana, the woman that he and Asher were both head over heels for, and then Musette calls both Anita and Juliana "common" and "peasant stock" and Anita is all like "Can't be offended. That's my family, right there." Okay, I now hate Musette because she's rude and I like Anita a little bit. That's pretty good writing there.
“Why would you be proud of that?” “Because everything we’ve gotten, we’ve made with our two hands, the sweat of our brows, that kind of thing. We’ve had to work for everything we have. No one has ever given us anything.”
Way to shoot yourself in the foot, hon. We got it the first time. You don't need to feed it to us with a spoon here.
Musette doesn't get it, and finally dismisses it as being unimportant because she can't understand.
Does a phantom blond piss in LKH's cheerios every morning? I'm just curious. The last villian I read who was this ham fisted was Nicolae Carpathia and he was the fucking Antichrist.
And then Musette reveals that she has brought Jean Claude a present. It's a painting of Asher and Jean Claude cosplaying as Cupid and Psyche back when Asher wasn't all scarred up. She then gives Asher a painting of himself freshly scarred and ugly, because this kind of emotional penny ante shit is exactly what an evil vampire would do.
And in all of this emotional sadism, who becomes the most upset? Anita. How does Anita react to watching two people she cares about be reminded of the worst moment of their lives?
And naturally, that's the end of the chapter.