After a gloomy journey, the Dashwoods arrive at Barton Cottage, their new home. It turns out to be a pretty nice place – it's not that impressive after their former grand abode at Norland, nor is it the romantic, picturesque story-book cottage they'd imagined, but it'll do.
The Dashwood servants, who'd arrived earlier to set up the house, manage to cheer up the girls, and everyone actually feels OK about their new living situation.
The family goes about its business settling in to the house and making plans for improvements (though they might be difficult, given that they don't have much money… thanks a lot, John and Fanny).
The next day, the girls meet their landlord/cousin, Sir John Middleton. He's a nice guy – maybe not the most graceful or elegant, but definitely a kind and good-natured man.
Sir John's wife, Lady Middleton, is certainly elegant and lovely to look at, but she's not as personable as her husband; she's kind of a cold fish.
Fortunately, Lady Middleton brings along the couple's oldest son on their visit to the cottage – and when you've got a bunch of women cooing over a little kid, there's always something to talk about.
The Middletons leave, after asking the Dashwoods to dinner at their house, Barton Park, the next day.