The twins Cora and Clarice, sisters of Lord Sepulchrave, long for power. This provides the perfect opportunity for Steerpike to lead them in plotting an act of arson within Lord Sepulchrave’s library. He tells them, “..if he lost his books, he would be all but defeated…it is his library that our first thrust must be directed. You must have your rights,” he added hotly. ‘It is only fair that you should have your rights.’
How our longings, what we deem to be justly ours, weakens us. These ladies, none too bright even without Steerpike’s influence, seem ripe for his plan.
We also have Keda who has returned to her home outside of the castle. There, she is torn between two men: Rantel and Braigon. It is not clear to me, nor perhaps to her, whom she will choose. They must battle it out between them for her hand.
Curiouser and curiouser, we come to the peak of this novel. Who will live, or die, or come to power in Gormenghast?