Chapter 33 Summary

May decides to give a dinner party for her cousin Ellen. It will be a send-off from members of the family to demonstrate their unity in wishing Ellen well in her new life in Europe. For May, it will be the first large party she has ever arranged. As May’s mother declared on the morning before the dinner party, no one would be able to say that May and Newland had not given Ellen a proper farewell celebration. The event will also leave a pleasant impression on Ellen, Mrs. Welland adds.

Archer tries his best to stay out of the way as preparations continue throughout the day. When he has a chance to escape to his library, he comforts himself by silently saying that it will not be long, which suggests that he, too, will...

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