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

By Wilkie Collins

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Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 1

The Story Continued by Frederick Fairlie, Esq., of Limmeridge House

  • We're now subjected to a narrative from Mr. Fairlie, who whines, complains, and reveals himself to be a kind of a dummy.
  • Fairlie starts by complaining that he has to write a narrative in the first place.
  • He then explains that Fanny arrived abruptly one day with a letter for him from Marian.
  • He's too stressed out to deal with the situation.
  • Fanny also explained what happened to her at the inn.
  • She was there and the countess arrived with messages from Miss Halcombe.
  • She insisted they have tea first. Fanny drank hers and promptly fainted.
  • When she came around, the countess was there tending to her, then she left.
  • Fanny checked and found her two letters safe but crumpled.
  • Turns out Countess Fosco is the real super-spy.
  • Mr. Kyrle then writes Mr. Fairlie to say he got an envelope from Marian containing nothing but a blank piece of paper.
  • Then the count arrives and says the Glydes are having some problems and wonders if Laura can come stay with her uncle for a while.
  • Fairlie is like, whatever, and the count says he's happy to arrange everything.
  • He also informs Mr. Fairlie that Marian is very ill and will need to be cared for at Blackwater Park until she's strong enough to be moved home.
  • Uncle Fairlie agrees to the scheme because he knows that Laura won't leave Marian while she's ill, and then he won't have to deal with either of them.
  • What a punk.

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