Chapters 24–27 Summary

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Chapter 24 

Indiana and Ralph fall into a peaceful way of life on Bourbon Island, while Delmare tries to rebuild his business. Ralph walks at night and is glad to no longer be in France, which holds bad memories for him. Most of his life has been spent here on Bourbon Island; he remembers carrying small Indiana about and looking for birds’ nests with her. He is sad that Indiana is no longer so devoted to him now, and this sadness causes him to avoid her, except at meal times. He watches over her, but he does not really engage with her. He sees it as his duty to keep Delmare from speaking harshly to her. 

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Chapter 25

A reactionary government comes to power in France in August of 1829. This is difficult for Raymon, as it destroys his hopes that the monarchy will one day return. He feels that his fortune is now “hanging by a thread.” Raymon feels humiliated and begins to blame royalty for their own failings. Raymon comes down with rheumatism and retreats to the country with his mother, feeling discarded by society. His mother, too, falls ill, and Raymon wishes he had not rejected Indiana, who would have looked after his mother and loved him deeply. He decides that when he is better, he will marry.

He receives Indiana’s letter and again feels he misjudged her, knowing now that she truly loved him. He wonders whether he can still win her back.

Raymon’s mother, on her deathbed, calls Raymon to him and suggests that he might marry Indiana yet, when Delmare dies. She says she approves of Indiana greatly. When she dies, Raymon is devastated and feels he has lost everything.

Raymon decides he does want Indiana but that he cannot wait twenty years to marry her. He wonders if he could coax her back to be his mistress and keep her safe. He writes back to her and vaguely says that he hopes she will return; he describes the horrors that are happening in France and asks her to assure him that she is happy. In reality, he is asking her to say that she is unhappy and will return to him.

Chapter 26 

The letter takes three months to arrive. In the meantime, Indiana has been writing a diary addressed to Raymon. One day, Delmare breaks open the box in which this diary, as well as Raymon’s letters to Indiana, are kept. In a furious rage, Delmare throws Indiana to the ground and kicks her on the forehead. He is horrified immediately afterward and withdraws to his bedroom, intending to kill himself. But through the window he sees that Indiana is not dead and changes his mind. He does not want to simply allow her to leave him and go to her lover.

Ralph is surprised and furious when he sees what has happened. He goes to break open Delmare’s door and strangle him only to find him on the floor, having suffered a fit of apoplexy.

When Delmare is well enough, Ralph reproaches him. Delmare, remorseful, wants to apologize to his wife, but Ralph dissuades him from this—Indiana will never forgive him. She now dreams only of leaving. When Raymon’s letter arrives, she feels she...

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