Michael Calmacott answers the summons. Speaking up makes you the man in charge . . . he ought to have learned it at the front.
Michael draws from Henry the memory of moonlight excursions and rumors of a gypsy camp.
Mathilda Arthur, unhappy in marriage, alone most days with her chores and gramophone.
Bessie, reckless daughter of Arthur’s manager Stewart, is isolated here, as is Mathilda — but Bessie is stronger in will.
Hot-tempered Bernard Arthur speaks his piece — how his flaw, too-well known to the neighbors, brought ruin on his house.
The Dobunni appear: young pagans, fond of a story. Henry, beginning to accept Michael’s death, begins to lose composure.
He tells the host and the guest how once he’d courted Bess Arthur. Michael returns at the Celtic daughter’s invitation, to tell the rest of what he knows.
Arthur gives his reason; Mathilda offers him forgiveness.
The time has come for Henry to smash the three marbles; to set his brother’s soul, entangled with those of Mathilda and Bernard, free.