Chapter 23 Summary

Mrs. Grant has invited Fanny to dinner, but Lady Bertram cannot understand why. Is it merely due to the absence of Maria and Julia? Why would anyone want Fanny to sit at their table, she wonders. Lady Bertram tells Fanny that maybe she should not go.

Edmund overhears his mother's comments and is surprised by her sentiments. Why should Fanny not go, Edmund wants to know. His mother asks what she would do without Fanny. Who will take care of her? Edmund tells her that his father will be home. When Lady Bertram continues to resist the idea of Fanny being away for dinner, Edmund suggests that his mother should consult his father to get his thoughts on the matter.

Lady Bertram approaches her husband as soon as he...

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