Chapter 16 Summary

The King is outraged when he hears about Buckingham’s visit. The Cardinal pretends to think the Queen did not see Buckingham, but he also mentions that the Queen spent the morning writing a personal letter. When the Cardinal suggests having the Queen's room searched for this letter, the King agrees, thinking that this is a good way to catch his wife in the act of communicating with her lover.

Meanwhile, the Queen sits in her room thinking about how awful her life is. The Cardinal has tormented her for years, ever since she refused to have an affair with him. Part of her wishes she had simply given in and done what he wanted, but she knows that he would have tormented her anyway as soon as their romance ended. The...

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