"My session with Maraff is done. Is Professor Tivash in?"
"Intercollegiate meeting," Lisette said. "Why he insists on attending those is beyond me."
Valentin twirled on his heel, returned to the crucible, and grunted after looking into it again. He glanced over to Dina but didn't address her. "Tivash likes the refreshments, Lisette. Lime cakes, elderberry pies."
"I'm sure Gyome can arrange to make anything he wants in the kitchen."
"Yes, but you see, Tivash adores being doted on," Valentin explained. "These treats are waiting there for him, as if by the grace of a benevolent universe. Small things quiet small minds."
If they're setting up a Raven Man reveal, this seems like a weird way to do it.