Merthin explains the trial to Elizabeth Clerk. He thinks Earl Roland was clever in choosing to be absent; he did not have to watch one of his men hanged. It has been over a year since Caris broke off her relationship with Merthin following her abortion. Merthin invites Elizabeth to go out with him to see the house he is building for Dick Brewer. It will be one of the biggest houses in Kingsbridge, with glass windows and separate bedrooms. Elizabeth and Merthin discuss their dream houses. Elizabeth is fairly specific as to who would be living in the house with her, but Merthin is vague....
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