Not long after his master’s night of drinking has ended, Ralf’s day of work begins. Thursday is the busiest market day in the nearby town of Crafthole, and Humphrey has tasked him with acquiring some supplies that can’t be purchased locally.
The ladies had hoped to ride out with him to buy some new jewels, but the sky is overcast. Instead, they sit in the great chamber and read.
It is past noon when Lord Snordwich eventually wakes up. He and his wife say goodbye to their guests in the screens passage.
The rain continues for the rest of the day. The lord, ladies, and gentlemen entertain themselves with games and songs.
The following morning is just as wet, but this time no one’s plans are disrupted, as Fridays are traditionally days of moderation, contemplation, and fasting. After Snordwich has gone over his accounts with Wereables, the household attends afternoon prayer in the chapel.
In observance of the fast, the servants go without supper, and at the lord’s high table only plain fish and vegetables are served.
Humphrey uses his free evening to make some fruit preserves.
Friday’s fast is usually followed by a day of feasting, which this morning begins with a selection of white rolls and loaves and a cold fruit soup. After breakfast, the Cecils and their train play games of gnubb.
Snordwich insists that even his sober chaplain join in the fun, but Wereables is not used to the game and keeps hitting himself on the head with the baton.
The main event of the day is the evening meal. The tables are laden with food and drink, and Grancourt and his wife Ewfame are in attendance.
Mistress Grancourt is sat at the end of the table next to Wereables, as the ladies of the household find her tedious.
After supper comes dancing.
The following day, the household rides down into Plumville to attend the Sunday sermon at the village church.
It is midsummer’s eve, and, riding through the village, Snordwich is pleased to see that many of his tenants have left food and drink for passers by outside their cottages, a common custom on this festival.
His Lordship’s own buttery always has bread set aside for the local poor, but on this holy day he has left Humphrey with instructions to provide fish and nectar as well for anyone who comes.
Humphrey himself is in the kitchen gardens, where he grows summer fruits and leaves. Today he is thankful because his mint has finally come in.
Back down in the village, the parson delivers his sermon.
Snordwich invites him to ride back with the party for supper at Plumbob Hall, where Humphrey has laid out a feast of mint beef and strawberry pie.