problem that emerges later:
"'Can [Chris/Arinnian] ever make a normal marriage, for instance? Ordinary girls aren't his type any more; and bird girls -'"
-Poul Anderson, Rise Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2011), p. 461.
What about bird girls? This is what Arinnian himself later does when speaking with Tabitha/Hrill, breaks off in mid-sentence. Eventually, we understand but I found it difficult - which makes this discourse authentic.
Daniel has to adjust his human terminology:
"'...when he first started running around, flying around, with Ythrians, why I was glad...'" (p. 460)
The conflict with his father became so intense that Arinnian did for a year what Diana Crowfeather later did permanently, ran/flew away to live with another species.
Two other details in the conversation between Holm and Ferune:
"the yellow light of Laura cast leaf shadows on the floor. They quivered." (p. 456)
A hint of the pathetic fallacy - the man and the Ythrian are restless, as is their environment.
"'...we don't catch time in any net.'" (p. 462)
The winged Ythrians hunt with nets. Metaphorically, Ferune applies this practice to life but only in order to say that at that level it is impossible to catch everything that comes our way.