My snippet is from The Prince's Consort. This is from when Prince Philip first meets Amory. Amory's father, Arnau, is a wealthy merchant who owns the finest glassmaking business in Tournai, but he's late on a commission for the prince, and Philip has called him to account for himself. Philip is shocked by what Arnau tries to do.
"One more week, and the chandelier will be completed to perfection. It will be the most impressive gift the king and queen of Amaranta receive.” Arnau’s face didn’t change, but a calculating gleam came to his eyes. “In the meantime, perhaps I can do something to apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you.”
He couldn’t wait to hear what Arnau thought would appease him. If Philip hadn’t needed the highest- quality glasswork for the gift, he would never have done business with Arnau again.
“As you see, I brought my son Amory with me today.” Amory turned a puzzled gaze on his father, who was almost... smug. “I thought you might like to spend an evening together, Your Highness. Get to know each other.”
Complete silence fell. Arnau couldn’t be saying what it sounded like, could he?