<Hank! There are two more right behind you!>
<I know! I know!>
<How do you know? Do you have eyes in the back of your head? I’m trying to help, but you act like I’m a nuisance!>
<I just need to concentrate on fighting, alright?>
<Really, this is your fault. With promises, wording is everything! Had you asked for a more comprehensive promise, one that covered sharp objects and blunt trauma, then perhaps–DUCK!>
In this scene I saw that the tortoise shadow was not just there to be Hanks conscience like I had originally thought. He is there to keep his promise and, as seen in this scene, a protector. Hank is still getting used to having his shadow around, like on page 78 where he wasn’t even aware that the shadow actually existed. On page 83 we are told about the history of the tortoise shadow and how experienced he was with fighting, and about the promise that he makes to Hank’s father. However, you see the connection between the tortoise and Hank when he is fighting and the shadow wants to help him and keep him safe even though that is not the promise that he made.However, the shadow’s favorite host was Ba and because of that I believe he was more willing to help Hank and keep him safe. Also, further on in the story, you find that the tortoise shadow, out of the other brother shadows, is the good shadow, the shadow that has good intentions. This scene could been seen as foreshadowing to being a little bit surprised that there is no ulterior motive as there may have been for the other shadows, like the one that Ten Grand had in his shadow. What i questioned after learning about tortoise shadow’s elder brother, is if the fact that tortoise had both Hank’s father and hank (who are both good men) as his hosts had anything to do with him being “good”.