'Tis Monday, and Leo's first four students have turned up at the school. There have been no lessons, but plenty of cleaning and gossip, for Leo has prevailed upon the four boys to fill him in on the populace of Sandercombe. From them he has learned that the woman who sat beside him in church the previous day is Miss Hestia Royce, who has some scandal attached to her.
And yes, it's still blazing hot.
Now remember, dear readers, that Leo went to church Sunday morning and presumably then returned to the guesthouse where he's staying. He would have had all Sunday afternoon and evening to question his host about the town. Perhaps his host, the keeper of the guesthouse, would even have volunteered the information.
Of course, there is also the matter of the person who sent the letter to Mr. Tyndale in India, inviting him to take up the post of schoolmaster in Sandercombe. Leo has shown us the letter, but he has not divulged the person's name. Wouldn't that person, or someone, have shown Leo the school building -- someone gave him a key at some point -- and perhaps even prepared it for his arrival, rather than leaving it dirty and abandoned-looking?
Why does Leo know virtually nothing about his new home?
But now we move to Miss Royce's side of the story. Maybe it gets better.