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

By Wilkie Collins

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Part 2, Section 3, Chapter 1

The Story Continued by Eliza Michelson, Housekeeper at Blackwater Park

  • Mrs. Michelson says her testimony was solicited and that she's providing an honest account of what she saw go down at Blackwater Park.
  • We kind of wish someone would announce that they're deliberately providing a dishonest account just to mix things up a bit.
  • Mrs. Michelson picks things up when Marian gets sick.
  • A doctor, Mr. Dawson, arrives on the scene and promptly starts butting heads with Fosco, who turns into a backseat medical adviser.
  • Marian goes from bad to worse and develops typhus, a dangerous bacterial infection.
  • Mrs. Michelson is not a fan of Sir Percival, who acts like a punk toward her (surprise, surprise).
  • She is, however, a great defender of Fosco and finds him charming. Sigh.
  • Seriously, is Fosco giving off pheromones or something? The ladies seem to love him.
  • Mrs. Michelson takes over caring for Marian, acting as her nurse.
  • Laura is kept from the room due to Marian's dangerous fever.
  • Then a mysterious woman named Mrs. Rubelle arrives.
  • She's apparently a nurse hired by Percival to care for Marian.
  • After some tense days, Marian slowly turns the corner.
  • But Dawson finally leaves after having one too many disagreements with Count Fosco.
  • Then Percival drops a bombshell—he's leaving and plans to shut up the house.
  • He tells Mrs. Michelson to fire all the servants, except Margaret Porcher.
  • Mrs. Michelson is super disturbed by this and finds the house very lonely with nearly everyone gone.

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