Momma concluded that Audrey is living in a bubble, in the Castle, and has taken her off to Europe, to see the sights. Audrey is always surrounded, though, for her own safety, like a Presidential Candidate, or the once and future Queen of the World, by the seven burly members of Seal Team Seven, average height of 6'4', wearing dark glasses, hands inside vest coat pockets of their dark suits, eyes raking the crowd, the buildings, the sky. I am afraid that Audrey at 3' 6," not including the 11 inches of red hair standing straight up, is going to return home thinking that Europe is comprised of seven silver-toned belt buckles.
Tutor did not get to go; he is back in timeout for the Pancake Episode, and also because he had the temerity to try to teach Tess how to write a libretto to go with the music she improvises on the flute, as the whales dance. She said, "If I had wanted a writing coach, Tutor, I would have hired one. Perhaps a Nobel Laureate, or a Pulitzer Prize Winner. I am sure someone might find your suggestions welcome. I do not. You are here for now because you are good with children, if only because you yourself have the mind of a nine year old. Now, I must pack for Europe. Dismissed!"
So, Tutor says, with not much else to do, other than play Go Fish! with Master Jack, is giving private tutorials pro bono publico to Molly Flanders the upstairs maid. "She can't write for shit," Tutor says, "but she has some great stories to tell. And we can collaborate on a few more. As a social entrepreneur, her memoirs of life in The Castle, with our distinguished guests, should made good reading, if you like tabloids. For a few hundred thousand dollars she may agree not to publish any. The pictures though, should command a higher price." Master Jack says that a Trusted Advisor is worthy of his or her hire, and the main thing the biggest clients pay up for is confidentiality. Tutor will make sure Molly either gets good money, a promotion, or as he says, "sleeps with fishes," a phrase he learned from the Consigliere Tess had before Master Jack.
It is a dark world, the world of great wealth, often operating in secret, accountable to no one. It can corrupt even the best. It may be getting to Tess, though I hope not. She may just have her moods, not surprisingly given the pressure she is under to bankrupt the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the PSTD from her early days, as the only woman, on the trading floor in Wealth Bondage.
I know Tutor misses Audrey. I wonder if she misses him, too? Maybe not, but I bet she misses Rex, the Rescue Dog, who has been pining for her, off his food. He has abandonment issues, from his days in the pound. I do, too, actually, but I am not being paid to write about me.