A serialized novel by M.C.A. Hogarth


Being a story of the Ai-Naidar, and concerning Shame, the Calligrapher, and the House of Flowers. A fantasy of manners, civilization and culture.

          Chapter 1, Part 1
          We begin our tale with tea.
          Chapter 1, Part 2
          The Parable of the Broken Pot, and other things.
          Chapter 1, Part 3
          We hear about the journals.
          Chapter 1, Part 4
          A digression on tea.
          Chapter 2, Part 1
          The Bleak.
          Chapter 2, Part 2
          In which we meet Shame.
          Chapter 2, Part 3
          Further observations of Shame.
          Chapter 2, Part 4
          In which the Calligrapher is observed.
          Chapter 3, Part 1
          A digression about aliens.
          Chapter 3, Part 2
          An apology, and our arrival at House Elikim.
          Chapter 3, Part 3
          Our night at House Elikim.
          Chapter 3, Part 4
          About cities, and a diagram.
          Chapter 3, Part 5
          The Calligrapher gains an ally.
          Chapter 4, Part 1
          A fostering of acquaintance.
          Chapter 4, Part 2
          The foreign flower.
          Chapter 5, Part 1
          A performance, and a discussion.
          Chapter 5, Part 2
          The poetry of Kuleketh.
          Chapter 5, Part 3
          We Arrive at the House of Flowers.
          Chapter 5, Part 4
          House Qenain's sole Fathrikedi.
          Chapter 5, Part 5
          We are resolved.
          Chapter 6, Part 1
          I begin The Book.
          Chapter 6, Part 2
          To be known.
          Chapter 6, Part 3
          Another Parable.
          Chapter 7, Part 1
          The Subleties of Qet.
          Chapter 7, Part 2
          Foreboding, and Foreshadowing.
          Chapter 7, Part 3
          The Laboratory, and a Woman
          Chapter 7, Part 4
          The Penokedi's Ribbons.
          Chapter 7, Part 5
          Rivers and Bridges.
          Chapter 7, Part 6
          The Beginning of an Association.
          Chapter 8, Part 1
          A Distressing Diagnosis...
          Chapter 8, Part 2
          ...And an Even More Distressing Accusation.
          Chapter 8, Part 3
          A Too Singular Love.
          Chapter 8, Part 4
          Treasure, and the Priest.
          Chapter 9, Part 1
          Sponge Cake.
          Chapter 9, Part 2
          Disaster.
          Chapter 9, Part 3
          In the Storm.
          Chapter 9, Part 4
          In Which My Council is Disturbed.
          Chapter 10, Part 1
          The Pot Beyond Repair.
          Chapter 10, Part 2
          The Arrival of the Lady.
          Chapter 10, Part 3
          An Uncomfortable Discussion
          Chapter 10, Part 4
          The Weight on My Shoulders.
          Chapter 10, Part 5
          I Paint During a Vigil.
          Chapter 11, Part 1
          The Trouble Begins.
          Chapter 11, Part 2
          The Gag and the Garden.
          Chapter 11, Part 3
          In Which I Am Warned.
          Chapter 11, Part 4
          Unwelcome News.
          Chapter 11, Part 5
          Compromising Positions.
          Chapter 11, Part 6
          Cruel Epiphanies.
          Chapter 11, Part 7
          The Dance, and a Surprise.
          Chapter 12, Part 1
          The Beloved Pot.
          Chapter 12, Part 2
          In Which I Err.
          Chapter 12, Part 3
          My Correction.
          Chapter 12, Part 4
          My Correction, Complete.
          Chapter 12, Part 5
          An Unexpected Conversation.
          Chapter 12, Part 6
          In Which I Paint.
          Chapter 12, Part 7
          Shame's Sin.
          Chapter 12, Part 8
          Our Release.
          Chapter 13, Part 1
          I Consider Meddling.
          Chapter 13, Part 2
          Unexpected Endings.
          Chapter 13, Part 3
          We Depart Qenain.
          Chapter 13, Part 4
          The Colony.
          Chapter 14, Part 1
          A Bowl of Tea.
          Chapter 14, Part 2
          In Which I Am Surprised.
          Chapter 15, Part 1
          The Decoration.
          Chapter 15, Part 2
          Raw Comfort.
          Chapter 15, Part 3
          Revelations.
          Chapter 15, Part 4
          A Terrible Risk.
          Chapter 15, Part 5
          Declarations.
          Chapter 15, Part 6
          Victory!
          Chapter 16, Part 1
          The Right Name.
          Chapter 16, Part 2
          To Days' Endings.
          Chapter 16, Part 3
          We Cross the Street.
          Chapter 16, Part 4
          "Don't Take Him."
          Chapter 16, Part 5
          The Plant, and the Broken Pot.
          Chapter 17, Part 1
          My Paisathi.
          Chapter 17, Part 2
          Guessing at the Mind of the Master.
          Chapter 17, Part 3
          Hubris.
          Chapter 18, Part 1
          The Shape of the Painting.
          Chapter 18, Part 2
          The Names of the Aliens.
          Chapter 18, Part 3
          How We Bleed.
          Chapter 18, Part 4
          Broken Hearts.
          Chapter 18, Part 5
          In Which There is a Mending.
          Chapter 19, Part 1
          What Cannot Hold.
          Chapter 19, Part 2
          Catastrophe.
          Chapter 19, Part 3
          The Heartbeat After.
          Chapter 19, Part 4
          Ajan's Fate.
          Chapter 19, Part 5
          The Animals Nevermore.
          Chapter 20, Part 1
          Oh, Home...
          Chapter 20, Part 2
          The Journey.
          Chapter 20, Part 3
          A Reflection on a Life Arrested.
          Chapter 20, Part 4
          Treasure.
          Chapter 21, Part 1
          The God of Civilization.
          Chapter 21, Part 2
          The Fate of ij Qenain.
          Chapter 21, Part 3
          An Ancient Name.
          Chapter 22, Part 1
          An Extraordinary House.
          Chapter 22, Part 2
          The Core of a Family
          Chapter 22, Part 3
          What Saves a Soul.
          Chapter 22, Part 4
          What Was Missing.
          Chapter 23, Part 1
          The Book of Truth and Flowers.
          Chapter 23, Part 2
          The End.
          melefar, "veil-glow"
          On the customs of lights-out cities.
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