We learned more about the duties of the dolls and even a little something about the Shadows.
From what I understood about Kate’s anxious introduction she felt disturbed that every day she awoke to a room covered in soot and everything she touched sullied with soot. Emilico later arrived to clean the room and all was well. Kate told her she’d soon start help cleaning other parts of the mansion with other dolls. Emilico was surprised but willing to give it a go.
The next day Emilico was picked up by another doll, Mia, who showed her to a main hall full of other dolls happily working. Mia introduced them to the head maid, Rosemary and a quiet doll, Lou. Rosemary touted how much fun it was cleaning up the mansion and serving the Shadows. They even had a song about it that instantly sent bad vibes. Yeah, no way the Shadows were all so benevolent that working for them was a privilege. The song even included a line about not worrying about trivial matters. More on that later.
Emilico happily returned to Kate after a “fun” day of work. However, as she sang the freaky song she accidentally knocked water on to Kate’s stuffed doll. Emilico asked if she should throw it away like other broken things but Kate lashed out at her accusing her of not treasuring anything. Emilico was distraught but also determined to fix her mistake. Poor dear did nothing wrong but she’s devoted her mistress.
Emilico sneakily fixed Kate’s toy and even made one for herself. Kate apologized for her outburst while Emilico thanked her for the lesson on treasuring something. Later as Emilico cleaned the window outside her toy slipped out of her pocket. She fell trying to grab it. Kate rushed down to rescue Emilico. It was easy to tell it wasn’t something Kate did often or she wasn’t allowed to do as she snuck her way to the courtyard. There was another shadow running too but it wasn’t the one we’d soon see.
Once Emilico showed she was okay the two tried sneaking back to Kate’s room when they’re met by Mia and her mistress Sarah. Emilico happily introduced Kate to Mia but she didn’t speak a word, only emulating Sarah’s actions and mannerisms. Remember when Kate talked about human dolls’ main objective being to become their Shadow Master’s identity? Mia showed us an example of what she most likely meant. Sarah talked down our heroines calling Emilico a failure of a “face” and Kate expressionless, saying Lord Grandfather would discard them were he to see this. Afterward Kate cheered Emilico up saying her caring for the toy was a good sign of becoming a great “face”.
Emilico tried writing everything she considered “trivial” in a notebook so they wouldn’t get in the way of her work. However, she couldn’t help but think about their encounter with Sarah. After the ED we saw Sarah return to her room dirtied with soot. Was it vandalized by a Shadow? Could it have been the other one seen during Kate’s run down to the courtyard? We may find out next time.