Chapter 17 Summary

Anne learns that an old school friend is living in Bath. When they were in school together, Miss Hamilton had helped Anne when she was lonely at school and in mourning for her mother. She had married soon after school and became Mrs. Smith. Anne had heard that she married a wealthy man, but when they meet in Bath, Mrs. Smith is poor and sickly.

Mrs. Smith’s husband squandered all his money and died young, leaving her quite poor. Mrs. Smith also came down with rheumatic fever, which weakened her heart and left her with damage to her legs. She came to Bath in the hopes that it would restore some of her health.

Anne is delighted with Mrs. Smith’s company. Whereas someone else who might have been so...

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