I'm not sure what it says, but it says something.
ETA: Oh, I forgot, the point of this post was the celebrate that I got past the sticking point in my NaNo novel, thanks to some quick and helpful comments by the peeps of the Fantasy Forum. I think when I asked in other places I was too vague; the issue was confusing enough that it needed more details. But I got my heroine out of school and back on the road and feeling really down about herself, which (for me) is great. Also I can wait and decide later if anyone actually died.
Now to go curl up with Cybele's Gift - I swear Juliet Marillier consistently writes the best damn historical fantasy romance.