One day, Anna and her sister Maria were playing with their dolls in the Balchernae Palace's inner courtyard. They pretended that their soldiers were barbarians and Greeks.
Anna's troops, the Greeks, were massacring Maria's army. Maria refused to continue the game until they were properly buried. Then, Anna went and retrieved a heavy silver chalice for the burial.
Anna's mother arrives with Anna's new slave named Sophia.
This is your new maid. She is my gift to you.
Anna did not like the direct gaze that the maid was giving her. She told her mother that the Sophia seemed untrained. Her mother then tells her that they can learn from each other. When Anna hears this, she is furious.
It seemed wise to me to have the two of you learn together. That way you can teach each other.
A slave teach me!
Anna's mother is about return to her chamber, but asks for a kiss before going. Anna realizes the impossibility of embracing her without revealing the Chalice
Don't play too long in the heat. Give me a kiss before I return to my chamber.
Sophia says that Anna's has gotten dirty and removes the chalice from Anna's hands after cleaning off the dirt.
Your Grace has gotten dirty. You don't want to soil your mother's lovely robe.