Chapter 18 Summary

When Ellen appears in her parlor, dressed to go out, her aunt Medora points out the bouquet of flowers that had been sent to Ellen from her estranged husband. Immediately, Ellen gives the flowers to her maid, telling her to take them next door to a friend who is ill. Ellen does not want the bouquet to remain in her house. Then she questions her aunt, asking if she and Archer had time to become acquainted with one another. Without giving her aunt time to reply, Ellen tells her aunt that if she does not leave right then, she will be late for her engagement. So Archer assists the woman to a carriage waiting outside and returns to Ellen, who is now alone.

Archer asks Ellen if it is true that her husband wants to reconcile...

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