Weather: with cool temperatures and overcast conditions, with a fresh breeze.
The next morning, the house bustles about getting itself in order for the day. Emmanuel looks over the equipment, the men-at-arms express their amazement at their sudden change in fortune, Ahmet glowers about at every new thing, Andrej says a prayer or two to obtain his spells back ... and Nine-toes completes his ablutions, heads back to the main floor and finds himself face-to-face with Fatima.
She has been given new clothes to wear by Serafina, who is standing just behind her - and now that she is clean and wearing garb that Nine-toes identifies with his southern German heritage (for Serafina obtained a whole new wardrobe there), he is stunned to discover how beautiful Fatima really is: with olive, Mediterranean skin, and chestnut brown eyes, with sooty black hair, thick and coarse and with a very healthy growth, now combed out and resting in curls upon her shoulders.
Meanwhile, downstairs, a messenger arrives at the house - a lesser deacon, who bears a written word from the Prince-Bishop of Munster. Eberhardt reads it in the hall while the early meal is prepared, as the party settles down to tea, and his face darkens. He reads it for all to hear:
You will please forgive me if I find I shall have to return immediately to my estates at Hochsauerland to manage troubles there. I extend my apologies to you and to your charming bride, for I find my attendance in Munster cannot be managed. I leave immediately, and will be gone this day before the sun rises; I have made arrangements for the Prefect of Ahlen to perform your wedding.
His Holiness the Archbishop Ferdinand von Bayern,
Prince-Bishop of Cologne, Hildesheim, Liege, Munster and Paderborn
"Estates?" roars Hornung. "Is there a rebellion? Is there a WAR? What treachery is this?"