And they have such wonderful (and beautifully described) moments together:
His expression went blank--as blank as it had been when she teased him about the word "Oolong." Then Mayland Long laughed, a low rumble which ran along the walls of the room, echoed in corners and tangled among the legs of the wooden chairs.
Shame that the current edition of the book has such a boring cover ... I treasure my elderly paperback just because of its cover painting that perfectly matches the description of the dragon statue in Mayland Long's sitting room, right down to the teacup. :-)