Was it inevitable that John and Ximene should meet?
It depends on how much one believes in the fate determined by the gods.
Perhaps it depends more on a chance meeting between Ximene’s grandmother and John Stanley, and her growing determination to throw the two young people together.
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Alternatively it may have been John’s prior meeting with Joan of Kent which was the more important.
Ximene sees John’s lack of experience as simply a challenge.
John has no idea how to progress the relationship but is taken in hand by Lady Eleanor.
In the meantime the threats to Ximene’s life intensify.