Monday, May 12, 1650
As Alonzo rejoins his companions, a tall stranger, clearly a Spaniard, approaches the group. He is quite handsome, with black hair, sharp features and a long chin; he is dressed expensively, with a velvet jacket and rich linen shirt, with four heavy, expensive rings on his fingers and a heavy silver chain about his neck, set with yellow stones. He bows deeply.
“Welcome aboard, Don Arhen, it is good that you’ve made it. And welcome, Don Serlio and Don Vezzali. I am Salvador Estados. You have each met with an agent, who has found you and paid your passage on board this vessel. These agents work for me, just as I work for another we shall me in Alexandria. During this journey, I am to be at your service. Is there anything that you require, to make your journey more comfortable or to set your minds at ease?”