Saturday, September 6, 1650, evening
Weather: balmy temperatures and sunny conditions, with a light air.
With the evening sun setting, the weather is fabulous for the time of year. Carolina lies in a bed beneath a window, which Fatima has opened for her, and the odor of the cut fields and the turning leaves settles in the still air. Carolina looks much better than she did in the dungeon, but her skin is loose and there is discoloring about her eyes. Fatima has a damp cloth pressed to Carolina's forehead, to reduce her sweating.
Carolina will tell Andrej and Melchior a terrible tale. She tells of how her family in Pomerania were slaughtered; how she was sold into slavery and shipped in a wood-and-iron box across Germany, bound and gagged. She tells how she was fed on sewer water and maggoty bread, not because there was no better, but because it pleased her captors to torment her thus. She tells of how she was stripped and branded and ultimately presented to the Bishop in a house she knew not where, and how the Bishop and his followers raped her repeatedly. She tells of how she was put in a dungeon with other women, and how she heard their screams at night as each had their turn over the many months Carolina was imprisoned. She tells of how she was brought again to be the personal toy of the Bishop on this last trip. She tells of how she had surrendered her own life, and had tried to murder the Bishop with a butter knife ... and how the Bishop gleefully decided to leave her chained in the dungeon to die.
The details are horrible, and difficult to hear. Fatima cannot bear to stay for much of it, and takes her leave ... only to return again and stiffly hear the rest as she tends Carolina.
At the end, Carolina confesses her sins to Andrej; how she did not treat her brother as well as she should; how she lusted after the boy who tended the machinery at the mill; and how she was not as respectful to her mother as she should have been (Andrej would be required to give her penance, but a single Hail Mary would be enough).
Finally, Carolina tells Melchior and Andrej that fear of discovery drove the Bishop to Arnsberg. At Arnsberg he intends there to gather forces to help the French attack from Alsace into Julich and the Rhineland. He is raising money through his Bankers in Munich and Venice to give to the French, and to help them accomplish and invasion that will destroy the Houses of Nassau and Luxembourg.