Chapters 28–Conclusion Summary

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Chapter 28 

Immediately after sending the letter, Raymon forgets about Indiana. He goes to Lagny, the Delmares’ estate, which has been bought by an industrialist named Monsieur Hubert. When he visits the house, he meets a slender young woman who is painting. The woman asks about Madame Delmare, whom she has heard is remarkable. She says she saw Indiana once at a ball. At this point, Raymon realizes then that he met this woman at the same ball. He learns that she is Laure de Nangy, the adopted daughter of Hubert.

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Hubert has a great fortune and is looking for someone to marry his daughter. Raymon feels that this is a stroke of fate and begins to court Laure. He tells himself that Indiana will not fault him if he returns to Lagny often to see Laure and her father. Laure knows that Raymon is interested in her father’s fortune, but she knows she must marry. However, she wants Raymon to build up his own fortune first.

Indiana arrives in France to find a violent disturbance in Bordeaux. Shocked, she leaves her money and clothes on the boat and walks towards town. The king has fled, and many of the ministers have been murdered. Indiana faints and recovers consciousness several days later in hospital.

She spends two months in the hospital with brain fever and eventually leaves two months later with no money, possessions, or hope. She is forced to beg in the streets until she eventually thinks to return to the ship and ask Captain Random for her belongings.

The next day, Indiana leaves for Paris and goes to Raymon’s house, where she is told that he is at Lagny. Indiana thinks he must have bought Lagny as a refuge for her. She dresses carefully before setting out for Lagny, sorry that her beautiful hair has all been cut off in hospital.

She is overjoyed when she reaches Lagny and finds Raymon alone, reading. She runs to him, kisses him, but Raymon is filled with terror and shock and can hardly speak. Indiana tells him that she belongs to him, body and soul, and begs him to take her. At this, Raymon says they must hide her. Indiana is confused, and a moment later, Laure enters. She asks Indiana to leave, whereupon Raymon admits that Laure is his wife.

Chapter 29 

Indiana is driven back to Paris. She goes to a small furnished room in a hotel, longing for death. She succumbs to fever, and two days later the landlady finds her in her ill state and sends for a doctor.

When Indiana awakes, Ralph is at her bedside. He tells her that Delmare has died. Indiana tells Ralph that Raymon is married. She worries that she has killed Delmare, but Ralph says he never knew of Indiana’s flight, because he died in Ralph’s arms that very night.

Ralph tells her that he heard a rumor that Indiana had fled and knew that he should hurry to Raymon’s house in search of her. Indiana insists they must not talk about Raymon and begs instead for Ralph to speak to her kindly so that she might die happy.

Ralph tries to help her recover with outings and a cheerful demeanor, but Indiana gets steadily worse. She says she wants to forget, and Ralph says that he, too, is miserable and believes the only remedy to be suicide. Indiana says that because Ralph has begged her to live, she could not now bear to leave him. For his sake, she will try to recover. Ralph says that it would be selfish of him to make her live for his sake. Instead, he proposes that they return to Bourbon Island and die together in a suicide pact.

The pair leave France on a schooner for Bourbon Island. On the voyage, both Ralph and Indiana improve, and by the time they reach their destination, Indiana’s “disastrous love was extinguished in her heart.”

Chapter 30 

Indiana and Ralph walk deep into the beautiful mountains of Bourbon Island. This is a place where they once played as children. Ralph explains that Indiana must be careful if she plans to jump from the cliffs; they should wait for...

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