"Sourdust, Master of Ritual, perhaps the most indispensable figure of all, corner-stone and guardian of the Groan law, his weak and horny hands work at the knots of his tangled beard. As he shambles forward, the red rags of his office fall about his bleak old body in dirty festoons. Shuffling from ceremony to ceremony, his sere head raised against its natural desire to drop forward on his chest, he presonifies the ancientry of his high office."

Sourdust does not appear in the BBC series, his part being merged with the part of Barquentine

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