Lewis sighs. "That poor lass has a hard road ahead."
"Beatrice has her parents to help her, sir. Studies say that a supportive familial-"
"Bollocks. You heard what she told her dad. 'You were supposed to protect me.' An' he didn't."
"He couldn't," Hathaway corrects.
"You think that matters?" Lewis scoffs.
"Yes, sir. She'll always remember that her parents took her side. They didn't blame her or pretend nothing happened. That matters. Sir." Hathaway's mask slips only for an instant.
Lewis forgets this conversation for two years, until the day he sees the piano in the summerhouse. . . and finally understands.