Chapters 17-19 Summary

While Esther is in London, Richard comes to visit her frequently. She feels uneasy about him, and her feeling is confirmed when Mr. and Mrs. Badger tell her they do not feel Richard is suited to the medical profession. The following day, Richard confesses that he has lost interest in becoming a surgeon; now he is leaning toward the law as a career. Both Esther and Ada are surprised at this. Mr. Jarndyce says Richard should talk to Mr. Kenge, but he is troubled at Richard’s lack of commitment.

One night, Esther has difficulty falling asleep, so she busies herself with sewing and goes downstairs to get her thread. She finds Mr. Jarndyce also restless. He tells her some more of her childhood. He says that Miss Barberry,...

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