"My dear, don't apologize," Dalen chuckles cordially at Elliana, "you're not the only one who appreciates an evening with fine company," Dalen neglects to mention his own ulterior motives. Dalen continues to let her do the majority of the talking, responding politely as appropriate. He sits back and enjoys the play, at least as best he can. While the story itself may be trite, there is some interest in analyzing the theatrical and narrative components that give the performance its obvious appeal to the masses.

Dalen glances with surprise as Elliana suddenly leaves. He makes no attempt to stop or follow her, and turns his attention back to the play. Whether she returns or not doesn't change his plans, which have been simplified immeasurably by her contributions.