Chapters 12-14 Summary

Mr. Haredale enters the room to find Mr. Chester sitting before the fire. Mr. Chester tries to present a façade of friendliness, but Mr. Haredale prefers bluntness. The difference between the two men is financial as well as religious. Mr. Chester’s son, Edward, is in love with Mr. Haredale’s niece, Emma, but the two older gentlemen want them separated. Mr. Chester, due to debts and obligations, needs his son to marry a wealthy heiress; whether he is in love with her is of no consequence. Mr. Haredale requires that his niece marry a Catholic. Mr. Haredale and Mr. Chester can only find common ground in planning to keep Edward and Emma apart. Mr. Haredale tells Mr. Chester that Barnaby has acted as the primary messenger between...

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