The Mystery of Edwin Drood Chapters 21-22 Summary
by Charles Dickens

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Chapters 21-22 Summary

Mr. Crisparkle arrives in London to check on Rosa since Miss Twinkleton was upset by Rosa’s note. The maid (called “the Unlimited”) interrupts them to announce a visitor who wishes to see Mr. Crisparkle. It is Mr. Tartar, who knew Mr. Crisparkle at school and had saved him from drowning. Suspecting that Jasper is keeping a watch on Neville and Rosa, Mr. Grewgious arranges for Rosa to be reunited with Helena in Mr. Tartar’s lodgings.

Mr. Tartar’s chambers are exceptionally clean, polished, and organized, in line with his past life in the navy. He leads Rosa in to meet Helena. Although Neville is in his room, Helena thinks it is better not to let him know that Rosa is near.

Rosa tells Helena that she is not going back to Miss Twinkleton’s because of the incident with Jasper. She asks for Helena’s reassurance that she in no way caused the situation with Jasper. Mr. Grewgious suggests that Miss Twinkleton might come to town for a month to stay with Rosa. They find lodgings in the home of Mrs. Billickin, who offers them unsatisfactory rooms at first but soon gives them adequate lodgings that please both Rosa and Mr. Grewgious.

When he prepares the lease, Mr. Grewgious asks Mrs. Billickin to sign both her first and last names, but she refuses lest someone learn that she is a lone, vulnerable woman. She signs her name simply “Billickin.” As they leave, Rosa and Mr. Grewgious meet Mr. Tartar, who suggests a ride up the river on his boat; they eagerly accept.

Miss Twinkleton arrives in a couple of days, loaded down with several trunks and packages. The Billickin, as she is known, sets herself up as a rival of Miss Twinkleton in the care of Rosa. Miss Twinkleton and Rosa...

(The entire section is 461 words.)