Anne is given the despairing news that she can never have a child, for to do so would be to cause her own death. She is devastated, but has little intention of telling her husband, who longs for a son. James, meanwhile, is away at sea in Zanzibar. He is attempting to sell his goods to the sheikh there, and impressing him with his knowledge of their customs and some quotations from the Koran, which always goes a long way towards changing the minds of the Muslim from seeing their counterpart as infidel to welcoming him as brother, or at least kindred spirit. Robert, meanwhile, is approached by Mitchell, a tea merchant who is also a shareholder in the Onedin Line Steamship Company. He is not very happy with his investment, and offers his shares to the highest bidder. It just so happens that he has 5000 shares, which represents the five percent James needs to regain control of the company. In an effort to gain time, Elizabeth explains to Mitchell that it is James she needs to speak to, an
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