So the Gary Sue, I mean the hero, is walking through the marketplace when this happens:
As he wandered, a girl of perhaps seventeen or eighteen years caught his eye. Truthfully, it was her hair that fixed his attention - long and blonde, and somehow it reminded him of his sister Margaretha's hair, even though his sister's was reddish brown. (NOOK p. 13-14)
Yeah, I think he fell off his horse in those knight fighting tournaments one too many times. Because blonde hair =/= reddish brown hair.