Leo walked down to the refectory and took a beaker of milk, a bread roll and two sausages and sat down to eat near the end of one of the tables. Suddenly, he realised that Faith, Hope, and Charity – his sisters, though he barely knew any of them – had sat down around him. He hadn’t noticed them approach, they were so quiet. He was nervous as they sat down near to him – Charity to his left and Hope to his right, with Faith taking the seat directly opposite where he sat. He waited for one of them to speak.
It was Faith who did speak. “We are sorry about what happened last week, Leo. Especially me. It was my idea and the others went along with it. We wanted Mistress Marta to expel us straight away and I thought that stripping you would make that happen. It didn’t. It won’t. It’s pretty clear right now that she’s no intention of letting any of us escape from this school. So we won’t be trying that again.”