Study Guide

The Woman in White Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 3

By Wilkie Collins

Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 3

  • Pesca is in higher spirits than usual, which irks Walter's sister Sarah. She's kind of uptight. Walter's mom finds Pesca hilarious.
  • Pesca starts to tell a rambling but funny story. The gist of said story is that Pesca has heard about a sweet job for Walter in Cumberland, a county northwest of London.
  • The job is working for a Mr. Frederick Fairlie, of Limmeridge House, who wants to hire a drawing teacher for two young women for a period of four months.
  • Pesca is thrilled that he can finally do something useful for Walter.
  • But Walter has a bad feeling about everything and nearly refuses the job.
  • His family and Pesca protest, and Walter finally caves.
  • But he can't shake the odd feeling he has about everything.