Chapter 41 Summary

Fanny has been in Portsmouth for almost a month when one day she hears a knock on her parents’ door. Henry Crawford has come to visit. Fanny is embarrassed that he is there—both because she does not wish Henry to see the state of her family home and because she does not want her family to meet Henry. She cannot make eye contact with Henry for the first few minutes. Fanny feels that if she does, she will surely faint.

Henry is extremely cordial with Mrs. Price; he asks about her and listens intently. Their conversation lasts long enough for Fanny to catch her breath before Henry actually looks at her. Then Henry suggests they all take a walk, hoping to find an opportunity to talk to Fanny alone. Mrs. Price cannot...

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