With Anne gone for the whole winter, many people wonder where she is. They miss her beauty and her wit at parties.
Plus, Henry has an itch that only Anne can scratch, so he brings her back to court.
Anne resumes her flirt game with Henry, and it's a lot stronger, as if she took a correspondence course in being a player while at Hever.
Anne puts on a tennis tournament, which should be safer than jousting, but Henry manages to injure himself, anyway, breaking his foot during a game. This gives Anne the opportunity to coddle the big overgrown baby.
Later, the court has a spring feast, which features the Tudor version of a turducken: "a peacock […] stuffed with a swan which had been stuffed with chicken which had been stuffed with a lark" (17.66).
At dinner, George's wife, Jane Parker, tries to stir up drama by asking Mary if she's jealous that she's bedding a man who desires her sister.
Instead of throwing champagne in her face and flipping the table, Mary elegantly answers, "No" (17.81).
Meanwhile, Cardinal Wolsey creates a hidden court to charge Henry with unlawfully marrying the wife of his dead brother.
The Boleyns decide to pretty much shove Anne into Henry's lap, so that he will hopefully make her queen. They doubt he will choose poor Mary.
"What shall I be?" (17.115), Mary asks.
"You'll be the other Boleyn girl" (17.116), Anne responds. We couldn't have said it better if it had been on the cover of the book.
The divorce isn't going to happen overnight, though.
Soon, everyone finds out the Charles of Spain has kidnapped the Pope, the only one who might be able to grant a divorce.
And who is the guy's aunt? Why, the very woman Henry wants to divorce.
Later, Mary is attending to the queen, who tells Mary that Anne "will be in such a difficult position" (17.154) as a result of this news.
Mary and the queen, the woman whose husband is the father of Mary's children, share a laugh at Anne's misfortune.
The mirth is short-lived, because Henry storms in and accuses Katherine of being in cahoots with her nephew. She sweetly denies it.
As the days pass, Mary feels even more like a "whore" (17.173). The king sleeps with her every night, but he spends his days with Anne.
One afternoon, Mary hears the queen crying.
Mary eavesdrops on the king telling Katherine that their marriage will be annulled, even without the pope's involvement. He blames her for not giving him a son.
When he leaves, the queen, on the floor with tears, sees Mary watching her.
"Help me, Mary" (17.203), she says.
Mary helps her to her feet.
The queen says she will not let Henry destroy her. "I am the Queen of England. I am England" (17.212).
Katherine vows to survive the summer.
After Mary leaves, she is immediately summoned by her uncle to tell him everything Katherine said.
Reluctantly, Mary agrees.
When she next waits on the queen, Mary is asked by Katherine to deliver a letter.
Of course, Mary betrays the queen by telling her uncle that Katherine has a spy who is to deliver a letter to her nephew.
As a reward for her treachery, Mary is rewarded with a trip to Hever to see her children.
Anne doesn't want Mary to go.
"I've played my part," Mary tells her. "And I can go" (17.293).
Anne vows that she can do everything on her own. "And then I shall have it all" (17.295).