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The Woman in White Part 2, Section 1, Chapter 3

By Wilkie Collins

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Part 2, Section 1, Chapter 3

  • Marian begins a career of eavesdropping.
  • She overhears Mr. Merriman telling Sir Percival that Laura must sign her name to a document in the presence of witnesses.
  • Marian goes to warn Laura, who promises not to sign anything just because Sir Percival wants her to.
  • Marian grows increasingly suspicious of the Foscos and Sir Percival and starts suspecting that Sir Percival is having financial problems.
  • Sir Percival grows increasingly belligerent and argumentative and even humiliates Laura at a meal when she disagrees with him during a debate on crime and criminals.
  • What a dirtbag.
  • Count Fosco launches into a pretentious monologue about how cutting-edge his theories are.
  • The story about Mrs. Catherick's dog finally comes out and Sir Percival nearly loses it.
  • Sir Percival says he's going out of town but needs to see Laura about a legal matter first.

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