Book 3, Chapter 3 Summary
The aunts and uncles are due to come today to consult with their sister. Mrs. Deane is the first to arrive in her new carriage. Mr. Deane has obviously been advancing in his riches, as quickly, it is observed, as Mr. Tulliver is falling. Upon seeing her sister near tears, Mrs. Deane reminds Mrs. Tulliver that trouble is sent for a reason and she must learn to bear it. She adds that she is willing to send “jelly” for Mr. Tulliver, should the doctor order it. Mrs. Tulliver thanks her sister but adds that the doctor has not yet mentioned the need for jelly. This frivolous offer on Mrs. Deane’s part is almost insulting; the Tulliver family is deep in debt and has need of so much more than a jar of jelly.
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