Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 1, Chapter 22

By M.T. Anderson

Part 1, Chapter 22

  • Now that they've settled into a camping spot, Mr. Gitney and Druggett go about surveying the land.
  • Meanwhile, 09-01 and Octavian continue their studies.
  • Bono likes to make fun of Lord Cheldthorpe behind his back, and Cassiopeia thinks Lord Cheldthorpe is pretty silly too, but she still flirts with LC and feels attracted to him.
  • Which is all great for Mr. Gitney—he's figured out that the happier Lord Cheldthorpe is, the more likely it is tht he'll continue to fund the College.
  • He even encourages Cassiopeia to keep up her warm relations with the Lord.
  • Cassiopeia points out that there's a name for the type of thing Mr. Gitney is asking her to do. (We think you can guess what the name to that oldest profession in the world is.)
  • One night, they hold a dance in the woods; Octavian plays the violin while Cassiopeia and Lord Cheldthorpe dance.
  • Cassiopeia tells Octavian that he's rushing through the music, which prompts Octavian to remark (like a little smart-aleck), that he can't help it—the humidity of the air has "untuned" him.
  • Cassiopeia all of a sudden turns cold on Octavian and tells him to basically stop acting like a child.
  • 09-01 comes to Octavian's defense and points out that Octavian, you know, is a child, at which point Cassiopeia retorts that Octavian has never been a child and so she doesn't see why he should start acting like one now. (Ouch.)

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