A minority of the canons contest William’s election, alleging improper secular interference. They are encouraged by two figures lurking at the back identifiable by their green and blue hats as laymen. Two lesser clergy acting as secretaries sit on stools to left and right. The canons affix their seals to a letter of appeal to the pope. The animated gestures and private conversations of the conspirators contrast with the calm deliberations of the canons in panel 3a.