In this chapter, the narrator delivers a soliloquy in which he laments the state of affairs in the royal family. He laments that the prince's sons have killed so many people in the past few years. He also laments how the prince has not appeared in public for many years. The narrator also criticizes the prince for killing a competitor in a live contest. The prince has been accused of trading young artists as "commodities." The narrator asks the prince to apologize to his son for killing the young man. The elder prince, who is the eldest son, has to do so on behalf of his younger siblings.