I think there is a typo toward the end where she refers to "wanders" instead of "wanderers."
*blink* Funny how the words blur together when you look at them for so long. Ah, found them! There were 2 instances. Thanks for the heads-up, GA.
Another carefully wrought portrait of life in the Angle, full of meticulous research and amply described through the conversation between the two women.
Yeah, it's a pretty tricky line between including enough detail to bring a place and scene to life and overwhelming the reader with an intellectualized account. I try to stay away from too much detail (ala the accounts of hydrodynamics in A Perfect Storm or the differences between a mizenmast and, well, about every other piece of hardware on a fighting vessel in Master and Commander).
But, in this chapter, I wanted to create in the reader an experience of just how overwhelming the task of managing a village that is bursting at the seams would be - and how important it is that Nienelen make allies among the folk of the Angle. No way to accomplish anything on her own.
Of course, my attention is riveted on the solution of the wife's central problem--her lord's reluctance.
LOL! Good! Hopefully the denial of immediate gratification makes you want to turn the page to the next chapter rather than just annoying the heck out of you. ;o)