SunlessNick wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 5:34 pm
Josette ponders how to respond to this new gesture, she seeks out her aunt for advice. "I assume you have heard the talk of the mermaid figure that was left here. At first Millicent took possession of it, but when the note followed it, she came to believe that it was left for me, by the man who rescued me from the quicksand - true to her nature she passed it on to me immediately. I shared her opinion, and left a reply to say that I was touched by the gesture, which is no more than the truth. Now this has arrived.
" She shows the countess the knotted strings, and shows her what may be done with them. "I do not know whether to regard it as a profession of friendship or something more. And...
" - she blushes slightly as she continues - "when I consider if it may be the latter, I find my heart quickening. Despite our difference in station, he is a brave and fine man. I do not know what I should do.
"I am pleased that you have come to me with the concerns of your heart, my child," the Countess tells Josette. "Ah, l'amour
! When I think of the old days, when your late uncle and I were young, before we had to flee Paris or lose our heads! I am afraid that golden time is lost forever.
"Forgive me. We were discussing the little love gifts left for you." She examines the strings. "Yes, the lover's knot, symbol of two hearts bonded together for eternity. A bold gesture, yet the bearer dare not approach you.
"Let us ask the cards." She shuffles the Tarot deck, selecting a pair to place side by side on the table. "The Page of Wands for the man, I think, and the Queen of Pentacles for you. Let us see what the future holds.
Closing her eyes, she pulls two cards out at random and places them next to the others, face down.
"Shall we hope for the Lovers, my child?" she asks with a smile. She reveals the first card.
"The Two of Cups. A good sign. It symbolizes a strong bond between two persons." She reveals the other.
"The Three of Swords. That is not so gentle a card, I am afraid. There will be conflict and sorrow, involving three persons and a broken heart.
"Be brave, my child. The cards warn us and guide us, but it is we who make our future."