Anyone else think it's odd that the candle on Arithon's side of the room isn't lit, while the one on Davien's side is? The poor boy shouldn't be reading in bad lighting like that, it's not good for his eyes. ;)
Or maybe *I* shouldn't be reading anything in that. Although one never knows, with Janny being so sneaky and all.
Well, Lyssabits, there are two pet theories I have on this:
1. As Master of Shadow, Arithon probably has excellent night vision - he'd have to, in order to be able to use his shadows intelligently.
2. After so long without his mage sight, he might just be wanting to test it out, just to make sure it still works as he remembers.
Speaking as someone who had to relearn to walk, I actually pushed myself harder than the rehab people were expecting in order to walk again. It was a way, to me, to prove to myself that yes, everything is still there and it still works.
Of course, it may just be that Janny thought the lighting makes him look better. ;^)
Janny also uses symbolism in her paintings. Perhaps there is 'hidden' meaning to the two candles, just as there is probably hidden meaning to the compass point on the cushion under Arithon's foot.
Wow, wow, wow! :D Been gone and came back to an awesome painting! Beautiful work, Janny! Perspective must've been fun to deal with . . .
I must say Davien sure has a nice pad inside that mountain. What would happen if you didn't return one of his library books though? J/K ;)
Actually, I'm wondering just how relax is Arithon. He may look it, but his glance towards Davien could hint at interesting discussions between the two. And Davien, despite the confident face, looks like he might be on the defensive with the crossed arms.
Compass could indicate Arithon's departure from Kewar and his journey to some place or another? Eep, can't wait to read this now!