Titre original : Part 3
Steerpike becomes the deputy of Barquentine, master of the castle’s rituals. He imprisons Clarice and Cora, faking their deaths, kills Nannie Slagg, and continues to pay court to Fuchsia.
Titus begins his education at the castle’s dusty school, and Prunesquallor’s unmarried sister, Irma, falls in love with Professor Bellgrove, now the school’s headmaster.
As the years go by, Titus finds the castle’s rituals more and more hateful, focussing his hostility on Steerpike. He finds a forgotten passage, leading outside the castle walls. Venturing into the world outside for the first time, he meets the exiled Flay.