Merrily is not convinced that Canon Dobbs killed himself and links his death, the murder in the woods and a dead crow on a church altar to a possible Satanic rite. Following a ceremony of exorcism where she 'sees' Denzil Joy she learns that the canon was visited by a bearded stranger and was also obsessed with the life of medieval bishop Thomas Cantilupe. Social worker Lol Robinson, hearing of the dead crow, tells Merrily that his client Rowenna, Jane's loner friend, also found one on her door-step though Rowenna gives it no significance. Merrily argues with Jane over the company she keeps, including a strange youth, James Lydon, known as the Boy Bishop of Hereford and then goes to the church to pray, believing herself to be alone.
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