Wait, what- oh, Ishaza mentioned that Crin has had to learn to- well, not do things like play games with her servants. Presumably the style of cognition that implies extended a lot farther than just being moderately manipulative towards the servants. Perhaps Ishaza had to, with great effort, talk Crin into, uh, actually doing the thing they're currently doing, and Crin instead wanted to, oh, not do that in a way that would effectively guarantee she'd eventually be supplanted by some talented newcomer or be conquered by one of her neighbours. If so Crin is in fact right to feel mildly insulted given what Alethia just said, and either way there's clearly something like that going on and Alethia will endeavour to be less bluntly complimentary in the future, lest she compliment a trait that Crin- developed recently and feels a bit sensitive about not having always had.
It is, in fact, a bit unpleasant to have to be watching herself like that. A tiny bit of mental load she'd rather do without, and temporarily set down for a moment here before she should have.That said, the basic fact that they're taking Obvious Correct Actions before she shows up and nudges them into it rather overwhelms that bit of unpleasantness. She's used to needing to painstakingly explain that if you don't want to be on fire you shouldn't bathe in gasoline and light matches; taking novel intelligent self-directed actions that aren't just what society says good people do while still staying within reasonable deontological bounds is kind of an absurd step up.