Chapters 61-62 Summary
Now living with Florence and Walter, Mr. Dombey sinks deeper into his illness. While he recognizes people and names, his mind wanders back into time. Sometimes he thinks that Paul has just died, and he often asks where Florence is. He thinks back to the night when Florence left and mentally counts the steps she took on the stairs. He wants to see Susan, who is in service to Florence as before. Mr. Dombey tells her that the night that she came to speak to him of Florence’s devotion, she was right. He tells Walter that he is glad that he will look after Florence after he himself is dead. Florence sings him the song that she used to sing to Paul, but he stops her, unable to bear it. The next evening, however, he asks her to repeat it.
Walter tells Florence that a gentleman wants to speak to her. She is at first fearful, but Walter reassures her. It is Cousin Feenix, who (after much rambling) tells her that he wants her to go with him to see someone, although he will not say whom. Walter reassures her and goes with them.
Florence is unsettled when they drive up to Edith’s home. When she enters, she finds Edith unchanged. Edith tells Florence that, although she is guilty of much, she did not commit adultery with James Carker. Florence begs her to come see her father, who is ill and has been humbled. Edith says that she cannot do that, even to ask for forgiveness. She tells Florence that she loves her but that they will never meet again. Cousin Feenix regrets that this interview did not turn out peacefully for Florence.
Mr. Dombey (now recovered from his illness), Captain Cuttle, and Sol Gills decide that it is time to drink that last bottle of Madeira. They drink to the health of Walter and Florence. Captain Cuttle and Sol have gone into business together, renaming the shop “Gills and Cuttle,” although there is no more business than before.
Mr. Toots arrives to announce that Susan has given birth to a baby girl. Over time, Florence also gives birth to a girl who is the joy of Mr. Dombey’s heart. He is glad that little Paul is strong, unlike his namesake. He is especially careful that little Florence should never feel left out, although she often asks why he cries when he kisses her. Mr. Dombey and his two grandchildren, along with old Diogenes, are often seen walking along the beach together.