Lymond, with Adam Blacklock, Guthrie, Hoddim enter the small chamber of justice to find the Queen’s officers, William Petre, whom we know, and Don Juan de Figueroa, a man we do not know but are told is King Philip’s high officer, his eyes and ears.
Hercules Tait, Danny Hislop and Ludovic d’Harcourt enter, and shortly behind them, Philippa Somerville is following Lady Lennox and John Elder.
Lymond returns the courtesy with an inquisitive and guarded look. When Lymond notices an audience, he stops further exchanges. (I like that they are communicating with each other, that Lymond is not pretending to ignore his wife. Too bad about the busybodies!)“After a reasonable length of time her head swam round on its neck and she bestowed a vigorous grimace on her husband.” 492
Peter Vannes enters last and acknowledges Roger Ascham, there to translate; the coveted box is laid in front of him.
The points of view seem to wander from Adam to Philippa and then again, that slippery third that others have mentioned. The room is a small chamber in Westminster, heavily guarded, and people can hear Hislop's stomach and swallowing. The Tsar's officers must stand while the important ones are seated.
Proceedings begin with Peter Arundel's review of why they are gathered. He informs that no force was used yet since the private papers of Edward Courtenay, it was hoped, would reveal the answers. Since the papers did not, the council still wants to know why the box was being sought and at whose instructions.
All of Lymond’s men had some reaction as well as Philippa who“Master Tait acted under my instructions,’ Lymond said.”
“stared at the ceiling inhaling and reviewed, speechlessly, a number of telling ejaculations in Turkish.” (493)
Lymond tells how he was acting for the Tsar and calmly explains, while Philippa listens approvingly, the necessity of his actions to quell the rumors about England that had reached Russia. William Petre questions this interest in the papers since Courtenay was already dead. Lymond admits that he too corresponded with Courtenay. But, Pembroke says that no letters from Mr. Crawford to Mr. Courtenay were found; and English intelligence knew of Lymond’s correspondence with Lychpole.
Lymond then tells the Council that the Doge and the Senate of Venice had already removed some of the papers and resealed the box. Ahh. The powerful men must be worried. How loyal were they, after Edward's death but before Queen Mary became their ruler?:“It came to Adam suddenly that these men had been concerned with the casket not only to seek evidence against the lady Elizabeth; against Dee and his friends; against all those conspirators paid by the king of France …They had been afraid, each of them, for himself.” P. 494
The Earl of Arundel shows disbelief in order to discount the papers’ removal. However, Figueroa vouches for Lymond and produces the said papers. These had been passed on to King Philip and to Don Juan. The king and his officer had concluded that the papers were of no importance, could be destroyed, and the charges against the Russian officers be dropped, provided that Lymond, his talents and his men leave the country. They are all free. It is Lennox who needs to inquire about Philippa's fate in this event. Philippa’s punishment would be removal from Queen Mary’s court.“The polite, probing exchanges between Edward Courtenay and the men now in high office who had not been so certain of high office when the death of one young king led to such drastic changes in religion and government”? (494)
Before Lymond leaves, Sir William Petre has a question: “When did you have your audience with the King Philip, Mr. Crawford?’
Lymond: “I can not quite recall… But I think shortly after we concluded the agreement concerning the munitions of war. “ 497
Lymond exchanges words with Margaret Lennox, and then with his wife, and leaves. Next, Lymond is on the barge heading for the Primrose, and none too soon for King Philip.
On the barge, Lymond’s men tell Lymond that they want to go to Russia with him; he refuses. The king has made arrangements for lodging and they are heading there; Lymond does not want to go to the lodging. Lymond wants to keep going to the ship. It's a mini mutiny between Lymond and his men. Lymond argues all the way from Westminster while a smaller barge heads toward them. Lymond is then thrown into the smaller barge. The wind is knocked out of him, but stealthily, he regains force and starts up again. They are creating quite a scene, to be sure. No wonder the ("King of Spain was anxious to speed his embarrassing guests towards Russia")There is shouting from a nearby caravel. A hackbut is fired! Other passing fishing boats hear the fray to be sure. Totally riven by anger, Francis draws out a small dagger, utters "now" magisterially, and stabs Alec and then Hislop, slashes Hoddim--the men are unable to take him down. It is the hired boatman from the small barge, who with a plank, takes their master down by delivering a blow to his head. (501) (Oh no!!! Not his head!)
1. What do you make of Lymond’s exchanges with Philippa—“inquisitive and guarded” from himself after Philippa grimaces?
2. Does anyone know the history of Courtenay’s papers, aside from what we learn here?
3. Why does Figueroa make eye contact with Lymond and then with Philippa when he verifies Lymond’s claim? What is he trying to glean from each of them?
4. Were you surprised to discover that Lymond had had an audience with King Philip?
5. Does it make more sense as to why Sidney bought back the Cicero?
6. Do you think that Sidney knew of Lymond’s audience and agreement to get pewter instead of the munitions?
7. Why did Lymond have and audience with King Philip? Why would Lymond opt for pewter?
8. Philippa approved of her husband’s demeanor, and thought his delivery was perfect. Is Philippa being impartial here?
9. What does Lymond mean here:
10. Do you think William Petre is worried about how Russia will treat the English merchants?“Master Dimmock was most generous with advice concerning the pewter. I trust the lion and lioness will prove no more dangerous. It is my conviction that, in matters of trade, the English and Muscovites will deal well together." (497)
11. What did you make of Lady Lennox’s challenge about Lymond’s lack of interest in his homeland? Why does Lymond speak loudly enough so that men of importance can hear him? What does he want them to know?
12. Margaret threatens to be present at Lymond’s death. “Guard your health.” What was the look that was so hidden in Margaret Lennox’s eyes?
13. What did you think of the bantering between Lymond and Philippa: feathers vs. featherbrains, Austin vs. Don Alfonso, annulment? When?
He wants to know which man Philippa will choose.Not Cyrus, said Lymond. 'I'm the other one. He pincheth and spareth and pineth his life. To coffer up bags for to leave to his wife. The pay is good. (498)
14. Lymond has indeed met his match. He knows that somehow Philippa was involved with the outcome.
Which debt is this? Did it have anything to do with Philippa's visit to Peter Vannes in the previous chapter?"Which reminds me. There were one or two mysteries about these last proceedings which I can see are going to be forever unexplained. I think I owe you another debt."
14. Did it make you sad that they wouldn't be able to chat about what happened as he was planning to leave:
Lots of intrigue....What did Philippa do? Guesses, based on what everyone has read thus far?“I owe you a great many debts, it would appear: It is time I removed myself and allowed you to allot your endowments where they are better deserved. Goodbye.” “Goodbye Yunitsa.”(498)
15. Should d’Harcourt have told Philippa what “yunitsa” means? Why didn’t he? Do you think he was surprised that Lymond had addressed Philippa with this endearment?