Miriam is surprised at Mary's statement 'But ..but .. he told me he failed in his quest .... I guess that was not the first lie he told me ....'
She caresses the woman's hair as she adds while looking at her own mace 'What marking did the mace have? And what special power did that relic have?'
She continues to soothe the woman 'Do you want companioship until I need to leave for Linwood? I don't think it is good for either of us to be alone right now.'
As she comforts Mary, she realizes that she is doing to numb yourself, as much as it is to help her. 'If I take care of others, I will not have to think about me and what it means ....'