William is reluctant to leave his father, who he believes to be dying. While on the Ridge, Lord John takes ill with the measles. Geneva had blackmailed Jamie, who was serving his parole as a groom for the Dunsanys at the time, into sharing her bed and taking her virginity before she was to wed to Ellesmere. During that same month, William gets into a brawl with another officer after laughing at an unflattering cartoon of that officer and a captain, and in consequence William is sent to guard the customs outpost on Long Island. Lord John had married Isobel Dunsany, and together they would raise William as a son. On June 21, William is riding through the Great Dismal. When they return to the Ridge, Lord John has begun recovering enough strength to continue with William to Virginia, and they leave.