Monday, May 12, 1650
As Vespasiano speaks casually with the old woman, an argument erupts between the unpleasant looking Persian and two of the merchants - not including the one that he had seemed to be friendly with before. It is difficult to tell what the argument is over. They refer repeatedly, apparently, to a woman named Sapphra; that she was not given all she was entitled to. The Persian seems especially threatening; the merchants answer in short, quiet voices, though their faces are black with anger. The Persian shouts: "NOT AGAIN," he says. "I will not let this happen AGAIN!"
The third merchant intervenes. He speaks softly to his friend, leading him away from the others. They sit and talk for a long time. The remaining merchants do not talk. One climbs the ladder from the hold, speaks to a sailor on deck and is permitted to leave - when the party knows that passengers would not be allowed to do so until morning tomorrow.