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Grandcourt finds out that Gwendolen has peaced out from Leubronn. Lush takes it to mean that they're going to go back to Diplow.
Grandcourt and Lady Mallinger make small talk. She can't help but see him as a constant reminder that she's failed to give Sir Hugo any sons.
We learn that Grandcourt is absolutely convinced that Daniel is his relative.
Lush and Sir Hugo talk about Grandcourt's potential marriage plans.
Grandcourt and Lush go to Paris. Then, Grandcourt tells Lush to go to Diplow to check out the scene. Grandcourt stays behind in Paris for a bit.
Lush takes advantage of his time at Diplow to learn everything he can about Gwendolen and to get the scoop on what's going on at Offendene.
Lush wonders whether Gwendolen is more likely to accept Grandcourt's proposal now out of desperation. We also learn that Lush has been studying Grandcourt for years and has a pretty good sense that he can predict whatever Grandcourt is going to do.
The narrator tells us that Lush knows a few things about Grandcourt for sure: first and most importantly, Grandcourt is not likely to be moved to do anything out of simple generosity.
We also learn that Lush really, really hopes that Gwendolen and Grandcourt never get married. He wants Grandcourt to marry either an heiress or Lydia Glasher.
When Grandcourt arrives at Diplow, he doesn't have a whole lot to say. Then, when they're having breakfast one day, Grandcourt tells Lush to shut the door and asks if Gwendolen is at Offendene.
Lush tells Grandcourt that Gwendolen and her family have lost all of their money.
Grandcourt is like, "Shut up and tell me the truth." Lush is like, "Uh, this is the truth."
Grandcourt wants to know where Gwendolen is going to be the next day. Lush is like, "Hold up, dude – this girl comes with a lot of baggage" (i.e., Mrs. Davilow and the sisters).
They go back and forth a bit, and then Lush is like, "Look, she knows something that you don't know she knows." He tells Grandcourt about how Gwendolen knows all about Lydia – in fact, she met her!
Lush is prepared to tell Grandcourt that he set up the whole thing with Lydia and Gwendolen, but Grandcourt doesn't ask him. He just asks what's next.