"Agnessa alone understood, for she had seen the confused young girl in Irina Ivanovna instead of the mighty figure of the Velikomat. The same young girl that had never cooked a family meal. Had never spun thread, wove that thread, nor even held a sewing needle in over a century. Had not cleaned or dusted or milked a cow or washed clothes or any of the other tasks girls were supposed to know in Periaslavl."
- I Am a Wondrous Thing , p. 127