I learned something regarding paying the manager Brass for the Price of Desire step of Heart's Desire.
Either it was just changed, or attempting it enough times changes the outcome.
Compared to what I had seen previously (which matches the wiki), I got the following:
The strutting peacock falters 'You have noticed my buttons, then. How could you not?' The Manager struts up the street for a few paces, like a gilded peacock. 'They were made for me by... someone who was once very special to me.' The Manager's eyes darken, and for a moment he's just an ancient olive-skinned man in a ridiculous frock coat. He scurries back towards his Hotel, elbowing pedestrians out of his way and dropping most of the brass you gave him in his wake. What just happened? Well, however intriguing that was, it looks like you'll need to offer him something else to actually get what you need. You've lost 500 x Nevercold Brass Sliver (new total 5118). You've gained 1 x Inkling of Identity (new total 41).
I know it wasn't doing that when I first tried it (I've been occasionally dumping brass on him for a while now hoping that if you showered him with *enough* brass he might finally give in). The last paragraph and the Inkling weren't there when I started though — are they an addition or something that only shows when you've done it enough to be stupid?