As soon as Valentin leaves for his planned duel, Newman heads over to Claire's place.
A carriage is in the courtyard, ready to go.
But a mournful Mrs. Bread shows up, bearing a letter addressed to Newman.
It's from Claire. She has to leave for Fleurières immediately. Oh yeah, and the wedding is off.
Newman wants more of an explanation, obviously.
Mrs. Bread leads Newman to the family room in the de Bellegarde estate, where Claire's hanging out with her brother and sister-in-law, the Marquise.
Claire's pretty mortified. She tells Newman that she can't marry him because it's improper. Wait. What?
Urbain tells Newman that he upheld his end of the bargain. He let Newman court his sister, but he can't actually go through with letting him marry her.
Newman's just a little too crass for the family. He's a commercial kind of guy.
Newman's rightfully shocked. He walks away from the house without much of a protest, getting madder and madder as he goes along.
Of course, he goes right to Mrs. Tristram to vent about his problems.
Mrs. Tristram is possibly even more shocked than Newman.
She has a good guess about what's happened. The de Bellegarde family wants Claire to marry Lord Deepmere, instead. Ca-ching! That's the sound of cold, hard cash being directed to the de Bellegarde bank account.
In all of the confusion, Newman's forgotten about Valentin.
He discovers that Valentin has been seriously wounded…because, you know, he fought in a duel. He needs to get to him right away.