Tuesday, May 27, 1650
Serafina, having appeared in travel clothes, addresses the party,
"Good gentlemen; I give you my faith, for Sister Margareta tells me you are good men of good intent, and that you have no malicious purpose; and therefore I will accept your word that Eberhardt does call me and that this journey will not be wasted. I would ask you however, do you know what sort of man you bring me to? And what nature of deeds he did before he and I met? It has been eight years since he and I parted ways ... I do not know what sort of life he has lived in that time. He did not give me cause to believe, when he turned his back on me, that he would choose a righteous path - there has been war in Germany in that time, and I have been told by Father Jan that Eberhardt did not avoid that war. You should know therefore that you may be taking me to a man most unvirtuous, though he never was towards me.
"I have myself changed these eight years. Then I was young and unknowing ... but the sisters have taught me and trained me, and I know more of the world than Eberhardt, or even Father Jan may have known. I go knowing what man I may be meeting. But do you good gentlemen know? This is no song of love."