The French Lieutenant’s Woman: Chapters 22-36

While Charles is still trying to sort out his feelings for Sarah, he receives word that his uncle wishes to see him immediately.  So he sets off for Winsyatt at once.  It turns out his uncle has finally married.  Which would, logically, take away Charles’s inheritance.  But his uncle has promised him one of the smaller houses on the estate that he can share with Ernestina.  This is quite the shame for Ernestina, who was looking forward to redecorating Winsyatt’s manor house.  She actually has a crying fit over it.  That girl needs a hobby.  There’s more to life than fancy houses.

Meanwhile, Sarah finds herself dismissed from Mrs. Poulteney’s employment without a reason why.    Sarah flies into a rage, which she makes sure Mrs. Fairley, the housekeeper, sees.  Sarah apparently killed Mrs. Poulteney.  And so she and Charles have one last encounter for the present.  He tells her to head for Exeter, where she can claim Mrs. Talbot and Mrs. Tranter as references.  She has money from Mrs. Tranter at her disposal.  Charles and Sarah will never forget each other.

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