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The next day, Charles Musgrove arrives at Uppercross to bring the news to his family that Louisa’s condition is unchanged. The doctor says it is a good sign that her condition has not worsened. Charles also relays the news that Mrs. Harville is taking excellent care of Louisa, watching over her day and night. When Charles returns that night to Lyme to watch over his sister, he takes with him the old nursery maid who had raised the Musgrove children.

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On her last day at Uppercross, Anne encourages the remaining members of the Musgrove family to travel to Lyme to be with Louisa. She informs them that their presence might help Louisa recover. While there, they might also help relieve Mrs. Harville. They can wait in Lyme until Louisa feels strong enough to come home. The Musgroves agree and leave for Lyme.

Lady Russell arrives at Uppercross to take Anne back to her home in Kellynch. Anne is a little wary of the conversations she will surely have with Lady Russell. Lady Russell is aware that Captain Wentworth has moved in nearby with his sister, Mrs. Croft. Lady Russell must also know that Wentworth has visited Uppercross and has seen Anne. To her surprise, Lady Russell does not bore into this topic. Instead, she is happy to see the change in Anne’s appearance. Anne looks healthier and happier. The main focus of conversation turns to Louisa’s accident in Lyme and the new home Anne’s father has acquired in Bath. Eventually, news arrives at Kellynch of Louisa’s improvement. Although she continues to suffer from weakness and headaches, the prognosis is good. She will recover.

Conversing on the subject of Captain Wentworth has felt awkward between Anne and Lady Russell. However, once Anne mentions what she supposes to be a strong connection between Louisa and Wentworth, Lady Russell eases at the mention of Wentworth’s name. Outwardly Lady Russell states that she wishes the couple well and that she is happy for them. But...

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