Chapters 31-33 Summary
Margaret and Henry are married in a small, quiet ceremony. Helen is invited but does not attend. She is traveling and sends frivolous excuses, but Margaret senses that Helen does not want to face Henry. Margaret sends her sister a long letter in which she encourages Helen not to judge Henry.
Margaret settles into her new life. She discovers one morning that she will not be living in Oniton when Henry announces he has rented out the house. He tells her that the house was too damp for them to live in. When Margaret asks why he had bought the place, Henry confesses he did so for his daughter, Evie. She had wanted to live there. She chose the house without completing a thorough investigation, and then shortly after the purchase, she became engaged. So the house served merely as a place for Evie to have a country wedding. Henry tells Margaret that they will live in London for the time being. He has no firm idea as to where their permanent home will be. Meanwhile, Margaret’s old home at Wickham Place has been emptied of furniture and torn down. Henry has offered to have the Schlegels’ furniture and books stored in the garage at Howards End.
Charles Wilcox’s wife, Dolly, visits Margaret. Dolly has been to Howards End and seen, to her horror, that one of the farm women, Miss Avery, has opened all the Schlegels’s boxes in storage scattered them inside Howards End. Miss Avery had no orders to do so. Margaret is shocked to hear this. What right did Miss Avery have to invade their privacy or to go against Henry’s order to have the articles stored in the garage, not inside the house. To rectify the problem, Margaret determines it necessary to travel to Howards End.
Margaret is happy to have an excuse to return to Howards End even though she will have to deal with Miss Avery. Margaret walks into the house expecting to find books strewn all over the floors, as Dolly had...
(The entire section is 517 words.)