- "They returned to find Speaker Karal's wife back and in full possession of her home. She was running in frantic circles, chopping, beating, kneading, stoking, and flying upstairs to change the bedding on the three pallets, driving her three sons before her to fetch and run and carry."
- ―Ma Karal gets the party together[src]
Ma Karal, the wife of Village Speaker Serg Karal, took on the duty of providing for Lord Miles Vorkosigan when he first arrived at Silvy Vale. She took her duties quite seriously, putting together a sizeable portion of the food for an impromptu party the night of his arrival.