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.
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 continue unabated.