Chapter 20 Summary

The next morning, Edmund makes a point of going to see his father and explaining his involvement in the play. He tells his father that he was at first against it, but under the circumstances of involving a stranger, he chose the best way to control the situation, which was to become more involved. Edmund insists that the only person—throughout all the discussions of putting on a play—who was against the idea was Fanny. Fanny was the only one who understood how the production might offend him.

Sir Thomas does not want to spend any time or energy in reprimanding his children. The play would not go on, and that would be the end of it. Carpenters arrive to dismantle the stage and put Sir Thomas's room back in order. The...

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