This silly scene is from the beginning of the first book, when Princess Noreena needs Pirate Pierre to find the fugitive Giovanni Redicci.
Pierre had come with an offer. “I know where your Giovanni Redicci is. I can get him for you, but it’s going to cost you dearly.”
“How much?” was all Noreena said, though she was taken aback. It was all she could do to keep herself from jumping up and down.
“How much are you willing to pay?” he asked.
“How much are you asking?” she insisted. Though she was willing to hock her new silverware, she was a bargainer at heart.
“Sixty five. French francs, please.”
“Oh? I suppose that means I have to go to France, then.”
“And that will cost me a fortune in itself.”
“Monsieur Pierre, I’m afraid you’ll have to take down your offer. I do not have adequate funds at the present.” Noreena was annoyed.
Does he think I’ve got French money growing on my courtyard trees?she thought.
Pierre was silent a moment, then said, “I’ll make another offer, but you may turn this down, too. If you sail to Ireland with me, I will detour to France where you can get fifty five, and I will then get this Redicci for you, then you give me the money and do whatever you wish with him.”
“Fifty five, hmm?”
“I won’t go any lower, so accept or find someone else who can find him. Your search parties weren’t doing so well, and only I know where he is. Weigh all this carefully, your highness.”
“Oh, but I do know where he is. You told me yourself just now. He’s in Ireland.”
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