Melanbury, aristocratic through and through, happily discovers love and passion with her husband, L’Evallier (though their ancestors would consider this undignified, such things are meant to be discreetly enjoyed whereas everyone in the Kingdom knows the pair are wildly in love). She discovers the joy of working by becoming secretary to the Queen (particularly dealing with correspondence) even though L’Evallier is dubious about this. (Wives working are not to be encouraged). Melanbury knows how to “work” her husband, has discovered sex is a great persuader and has no trouble getting her own way!
The much missed Rodish could be said to be the dwarf’s dwarf. No mine was too deep for him to work in, he had an impressive gold finding record and was a stable, courageous member of the Queen’s Council and eventually Council Leader (though he refused to wear the red tights). Rodish, along with L’Evallier, came to question Brankaresh’s loyalty and motives. Rodish was eventually set up by Brankaresh go to an unpleasant fate of the Chief Witch’s choosing, though even she put up a placard on his gibbet commending his courage, something she had never done for anyone else.