Unbeknownst to Anne, Captain Wentworth has arrived in Bath. While Anne is out shopping one day with her sister, Mrs. Clay, and Mr. Elliot, it begins to rain. The four of them step quickly into a store to wait for the rain to stop. While Anne is standing at the window, she sees Captain Wentworth coming down the street. She makes an excuse to go check on the storm. She meets Captain Wentworth at the door. He is with a group of gentlemen and ladies. Anne and Wentworth are unable to say much to one another, but Anne notices that he is much more uneasy upon seeing her than he was at Uppercross. Anne looks as if she is about to leave, so Wentworth insists that she either take his new umbrella or allow him to call a carriage for her. Anne refuses both. She announces that she is waiting for Mr. Elliot, who will see her home.
About that time, Elliot appears. It is evident to Wentworth that Elliot’s attention is fully on Anne. Elliot sees no one else but Anne and is very serious about attending to her. Elliot apologizes to Anne for making her wait and tells her that he is anxious to get her away before the storm gets worse. Anne has only a second to say goodbye to Wentworth before she leaves.
When Wentworth is left alone, the women in his company come forward and make many complimentary comments about both Mr. Elliot and Anne. Mr. Elliot, they say, is very handsome. They also note that Mr. Elliot is often seen with Anne and most assuredly has feelings for his cousin. Then they talk about Anne. They think her much more appealing than her sister Elizabeth, and they admire her more.
As Anne walks on with Mr. Elliot, she barely hears a word he is saying. All she can think about is Captain Wentworth. She wants desperately to know what his feelings are concerning Louisa and Captain Benwick’s engagement. She must find some excuse to talk to him. She also wants to know how long he will be staying in Bath. With his sister, Mrs. Croft, in town, Anne hopes Wentworth will be there for a while.
The next day, Anne...
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