Complicating matters further has been the arrival, late in the week, of Signore di Polenta, a master tailor from Naples, who has brought several new suits ordered by the Grand Duke last summer for first fittings. He and his several assistants are also staying in the palace, which is indeed bursting at the seams with guests for an undisclosed period of time.
A lively and flamboyant personality, di Polenta has quickly ingratiated himself not only with the three aunts, who initially raised their eyebrows at his arrival in the midst of their carefully orchestrated plans. In addition, Signore di Polenta has become a favorite of the three young ladies and their retinues. Always quick to share a riddle, a clever joke, or a funny story, it seems the master tailor is the current flavor of the month at Krankenstadt Palace, much to the chagrin of Irwin-Amadeuss II, who, privately confirmed bachelorhood notwithstanding, enjoys being the center of attention.