Despite Captain McNeil and Harbour-master Vercoe failing to locate Ross following the ambush at Nampara Cove, Ross is nevertheless sent to face court once again for associating with the smugglers. Reverend Halse, like the rest of us, wonder when he will learn from his mistakes but Ross swears he was not home the night of the ambush. He then presents his own witnesses who all say they saw him in St Ives on the night in question. So, with only Vercoe’s testimony that he saw Ross on the beach that night, Halse has no choice but to dismiss the case again him.
Dwight does not get off quite as easily. When asked what he was doing on the beach and why he started the fire which signalled to Ross and Trencrom’s crew of danger, he simply explains that he was cold. With no other evidence, Halse fines him £50, which is no small sum for a doctor who only gets paid £40 a year in salary! Outside the courthouse, Jud passes on a message from Trencrom offering to pay his fine for saving the day but he refuses.
With all the ugly business of smuggling and the arrests behind them, Demelza asks Dwight when he would be leaving for Bath to meet Caroline, not knowing that the elopement has now been called off. Dwight simply explains that they are not suited and resumes his duties tending to his patients. In truth, Dwight has been writing to Caroline, begging her understanding and forgiveness, but his letters are all returned. She tells him that she is more convinced than ever that she made the right decision and asks him to never write her again. Oh, no! Continue reading