Michael Calmacott answers the summons. Speaking up makes you the man in charge…he ought to have learned this at the front.
Michael draws from Henry the memory of moonlit excursions and rumours 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, isolated here, as is Mathilda — but Bessie’s will is the stronger.
Hot-tempered Bernard Arthur speaks his piece — tells how his flaw, too-well known to the neighbours, brought ruin on his house.
The Dobunni appear: young pagans, fond of a story. Henry, beginning to accept Michael’s death, begins also to lose com-posure.
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 reasons; 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.