Quentin is about to jump into the canal to retrieve a magic button that he and Julia need desperately: it’s the only thing that will get them back to Fillory.
Witnessing the deed is a dragon expert, a fetching young woman from Australia named Poppy.
“They hardly ever eat people,” Poppy said. “I mean like twice a century. That we know of.”— The Magician King, p. 174
You’ll notice self’s reading pace has picked up. She really loves Quentin and Julia’s backstory. Today, despite watching a bit of the Belfast Marathon, and going to the Botanic Gardens, she managed to spend a good bit of time reading.