A plain white-washed room; doors leading to chapel, to Jacob's room, and to outside passage. Window at back.
Discover HOGGARDwalking up and down with impatient malignant expectation.
HOGGARD. Make haste, Mr. Fletcher! Make haste! ( JACOB and LETTY pass window.) Oh, here you are at last.
JACOB. Good-morning, Mr. Hoggard.
HOGGARD. I want a word with you. (Sternly.)
JACOB. I have only a few minutes before I go into the pulpit. Will you come after the service ?
HOGGARD. No, now. (Frowning and staring at LETTY.) You can go, madam, your company isn't wanted.
LETTY (indignantly). You forget yourself, sir.
HOGGARD. Oh, none of that, my lady, it won't wash.
JACOB. Step into my room, Letty.
LETTY. Oh father, had I not better stay?
JACOB (taking her up stage to door). Hush!
(Puts her into room at back, closes door after her. Harmonium in chapel plays voluntary all through the scene, until the entrance of the congregation.)