Chapter 9 Summary

A tour of the Rushworths' estate begins with a walk through the mansion. Mrs. Rushworth leads her visitors through various rooms, describes the furnishings and their origins, and discusses the history of the mansion. The tour ends at the family's chapel.

Fanny is disappointed with the chapel, which is very plain and unadorned in comparison to what she had imagined from stories she has read. Fanny lets her disappointment be known. Mrs. Rushworth explains the difference between public chapels, which are often filled with banners and relics, and private family chapels, which are provided for more personal meditations.

Mary Crawford comments somewhat sarcastically that private chapels in mansions such as the...

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