Rawdon is excited about a future family gathering in Guernsey. Culla is expecting a baby and Maori had already guessed. Maori was ill for 10 days before being moved to the Sassoon Hospital in Poona (Pune). She thinks she caught a chill, and her legs and feet swelled up. A new doctor diagnosed problems with her kidneys but she is feeling better now she is in hospital. Rawdon thinks the next 10 days will be a very anxious time. He then reports the sad news of Major Pennington who was cleaning his rifle and accidentally shot his wife dead. Lewis will be leaving England in 10 days and will be stationed in Bombay (Mumbai).