'She's talking to that mirror again, farther?' says Misst Craddock. Father Cradock turns round slowly from the book he is eating and explains that it is just a face she is going through and they're all the same at that age.
It's a long story, but Black Mamba was basically ready to have a heart attack when she heard about the owls on pink wool. This is merely to reassure her that all was tastefully done. Banno will vouch for it.