My hopes were in vain. The Verisat were announced with just as much vigour (maybe even more than before) as the first time.
I was, however, left outside unannounced. A footman was assigned to watching me right there, and I satisfied myself by peeking at the dinner through a crack in the door.
A rather beautiful woman was introduced as Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and greeted each of the Verisat by kissing their hands.
As soon as she sat down the rest of the party did so as well, and they began a long several-course meal punctuated by religious conversation.
Celeste was the most talkative, naturally.