I'm sorry that I'm so far behind in commenting on this story; I hope to rectify that soon one way or another, as I've certainly been enjoying every installment very, very much.
Your interactions and conversations are always wonderful, but so many in this chapter felt especially priceless to me. I laughed and grinned all the way through; I love the new Elves you've introduced, and for all the trouble they've apparently been giving you, their characteristics are delightful and refreshing.
If one did not set strong-minded people straight at once, they were liable to persist in their mistaken notions. *cough* Ah, yes indeed, Saelon – what an apt observance.
And: "Like love, the first is the worst. After that, one can attend to the subtleties." Wisdom just oozes from this chapter (even more than typical, I think). *g*
A lovely finale to it, too: I was as surprised as Saelon!
And as usual, I read your end-of-chapter notes with joy: I learn something new every time, and you make it as enjoyable as the tale itself.