Here we see an English messenger bringing the news of Harolds capture to Duke William. Two messengers  are sent by Duke William to meet with Guy and negotiate Harolds release. This scene takes place at Duke Williams Castle in Rouen. After the conquest William spent much of his time in Rouen, where Robert Short Hose, his unruly son, was creating unrest. His demands for independence resulted in open rebellion in which Robert attacked the Castle of Rouen. Another of Aesop's Fables The Goat and the Goatherd appears in the lower border. The moral to this fable is Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.