I love the end!!! During the trial Pedro proves all the facts that he had previously investigated. When the Basurto brothers are called as witnesses, they accuse each other when they answer Pedro de Alemán’s questions. So the lawyer requests a confrontation between the two brothers. The result is the same as both men keep accusing each other. It is funny that they keep insulting each other, using swearwords, and the judge keeps increasing the fine they have to pay for contempt of the court. In the end, they admit that they toss a coin to choose who would kill the two women, so it is clear that both men are involved in the crimes. The judge finally acquits Lucía, and orders to start the legal procedures against the two brothers.
In the prologue we learn that even though Pedro de Alemán demanded the incarceration of the Basurto brothers, the judge disallowed it and ordered simply house arrest. Yet, during the Christmas festivities the two brothers fled from Jerez, and they were never heard of again. There are rumours that one of them fled to Portugal and the other to England.
As for the other characters, Lucia has plans to marry Gaspar and they want to leave Jerez for Lucena, Gaspar’s hometown as soon as Gaspar leaves his post in the army. Distraught, Adela asks her to stay, but Lucia says that she can’t live in the town that reminds her so much of what happened to Sagrario and her mother. Lucia has inherited some of the properties from D Juan Bautista, and after selling them, she has good money to start a good life as a married woman.
Maria Perez, former slave, and Juan Jesús finally get married. It is during the wedding that Hiniesta hands Pedro a letter from the court in Granada to which the judge in Jerez transferred the case against the Marquis of Gibalbin. The court in Granada refuses to pass sentence and orders the judge in Jerez to do so. Then a few days later the judge acquits the Marquis of Gibalbin of the charge of smuggling, but he declares him guilty of grievous bodily harm and convicts him to exile from Jerez for a year. So the marquis leaves Jerez for Ronda, and it is rumoured that he stopped in San Mateo to swear vengeance.
I have loved the book. So fascinating!!! Now I am going to start the third instalment, and I am sure that it is going to be as good as this one.