Thursday, June 5, 1650
As Symeon comes to the outskirts of the small village, not but perhaps 80 persons who depend almost wholly upon fishing for their survival, he cannot help notice that there is one woman who is quite out of place. The town is quite typically Greek - it is evening, and there are no women on the street at all. A few late fishermen, who have pulled their boats up, are moving up the steep paths to their homes - but this woman is going nowhere. She seems to be doing nothing but closely watching Symeon ... as though there is something interesting that she sees.
More than that, she is not a Christian - her niqab, caftan and hijab (deeply colored purple) identify her strongly as a muslim. Symeon's natural ability to identify characteristics about people strongly suggests that she is not Greek, perhaps not even human.