The scene shifts to the prison, called the Lion’s Pit, where violent criminals are kept awaiting trial. This includes Andrea, who still insists to the other prisoners that he is of royal birth, although they make fun of him, harry him, and threaten him. Late one day, Bertuccio pays off the guards to visit his adoptive son, telling him he has information related to Benedetto’s real father. Bertuccio promises to return with this information in due course, and Andrea says he awaits it with great eagerness.
This important interstitial chapter shows that Andrea is once again in prison, a place he’s become accustomed to at this stage of the novel. It is not entirely clear to the reader what Bertuccio intends to do to his “son.”