Rune is letting Jeremy Dawson’s story sink in; the implication is that he’s doomed, and he knows it.

I love Dawson’s reaction when he learns whom Rune loves. Jalina is the last person in the world any of the nobles would have expected. She lives in lands that have no nobility and hate the concept. Dawson is trying to show restraint, but he’s intensely curious how Rune could have developed a relationship with Jalina.