The Woman in White
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Chapter 7: Sir Percival Glyde comes to Limmeridge
House and explains that Anne’s mother used to be his
loyal servant. To thank her, he paid for her daughter Anne,
who has mental problems, to be placed in an asylum.
Marian writes a letter to Mrs Catherick and receives
confirmation that this is true. After that Laura agrees
to marry Sir Percival, as she does not want to break her
promise to her late father.
Chapter 8: When discussing the marriage settlement, Sir
Percival insists on having his wife’s money in case of her
death. Mr Gilmore does not like the idea. As Laura is not
twenty-one yet, he visits her uncle, Mr Fairlie, to discuss
it. But Mr Fairlie agrees to Sir Percival’s claims.
Chapter 9: Walter leaves for Central America for eighteen
months. Laura’s wedding date is decided – 22 December
– in four weeks’ time. Sir Percival tries to find Anne
Catherick, but she is gone. Sir Percival and Laura get
married and leave for Italy.
Chapter 1: Six months later Marian comes to Blackwater
Park, Sir Percival’s house, where she learns that Mrs
Catherick has secretly visited to find out any news about
her daughter. Marian decides to visit Mrs Catherick.
Chapter 2: Sir Percival and Laura come from Italy with
Count Fosco, Sir Percival’s friend. Laura is very unhappy,
it’s clear now that her husband married her for her money
only. To clear out his debts he needs to obtain his wife’s
money. Marian overhears a conversation and tells Laura
Chapter 3: Sir Percival learns about Mrs Catherick’s visit
which makes him very angry. He tries to make Laura sign
some document about her money but fails. Outraged,
Sir Percival leaves Blackwater Park.
Chapter 4: Marian and Laura go to an old boathouse
and see a strange figure. They become frightened and go
home, but someone is following them, and it is not Count
Fosco. Laura goes to the boathouse again and meets Anne
Catherick there. Anne tells her she wrote the warning and
followed her last time. She also says she know a terrible
secret about Sir Percival. Suddenly she gets frightened and
runs away without revealling the secret.
Chapter 5: Sir Percival comes back. Count Fosco, who
has seen Laura’s meeting with Anne, tells him about the
meeting, and they go to the boathouse to wait for Anne
there. But Anne never appears. Sir Percival reads Anne’s
note to Laura and becomes frustrated.
Chapter 6: Marian eavesdrops on Sir Percival and Count
Fosco plotting to obtain Laura’s money in the event of her
death. Count Fosco asks about the woman he has seen
with Laura in the boathouse. Sir Percival explains it is
Anne Catherick and says that by coincidence, she looks
as if his wife would look after a long illness.
Chapter 7: When spying on Sir Percival and Count
Fosco, Marian becomes so terribly ill and is bedridden.
Sir Percival closes up Blackwater Park, and Count Fosco
moves to London. Laura is told that he has taken Marian
with him and she also leaves for London. But Marian is
still at Blackwater Park. She had been moved to another
Chapter 8: Lady Glyde arrives at Count Fosco’s house.
She looks very frightened and very ill. The next day she
dies. Lady Glyde’s body is sent to Limmeridge and buried
in her mother’s grave.
Chapter 9: Walter Hartright returns to Britain, where he
learns about Laura’s death. He goes to Limmeridge to visit
Laura’s grave, as he still loves her. But in the churchyard he
meets Marian, and the still very much alive, Laura.
Chapter 1: Marian, Laura and Walter rent a small flat
in London. Marian tells Walter their story. After she
recovered from her illness, she learned that Laura had
died of a heart problem. Anne Catherick had been found
and put in the asylum again. Her mental problems got
worse and she thinks she is Lady Glyde. Marian went to
the asylum and found Laura there. She helped Laura to
escape, and they went to Limmeridge, where they met
Chapter 2: Laura says that Count Fosco met her in
London and took her to some place to meet her sister.
There he gave her a cup of strange tea, she fainted and
recovered in the asylum. Using their similar appearance
Sir Percival and Count Fosco placed Laura in the asylum
as Anne Catherick, and moved Anne to Count Fosco’s
house, where she died as Lady Glyde.
Chapter 3: Walter wants to find out Sir Percival’s secret
so he can use it to destroy him and goes to see Mrs
Catherick. At the end of a difficult conversation, she tells
him to go to the church and look at the book of marriage