To avoid meeting [Lush] [Gwendolen] turned aside and walked with her back towards the stand of carriages, opening the letter. It contained these words—
'If Miss Harleth is in doubt whether she should accept Mr. Grandcourt, let her break from her party after they have passed the Whispering Stones and return to that spot. She will then hear something to decide her, but she can only hear it by keeping this letter a strict secret from every one. If she does not act according to this letter, she will repent, as the woman who writes it has repented. The secrecy Miss Harleth will feel herself bound in honour to guard.'
Gwendolen felt an inward shock, but her immediate thought was, "It is come in time." (14.29-31)
What story would be complete without a little intrigue? Here, Gwendolen finds herself involved in a secret agreement with Lydia Glasher, whose secrets have the power to sway Gwendolen's decision as to whether or not she should marry Grandcourt.