Chapter 20 Summary

Sir Walter is out for the evening with both his daughters and Mrs. Clay. They are waiting for the arrival of Lady Dalrymple before they go into the main hall for the night’s recital. While they are waiting, Captain Wentworth walks in. He looks as if he might pass Anne with a mere bow, but he stops to talk to her once Anne calls out to him.

Wentworth comments about the time that has elapsed since they last saw one another at Lyme. They continue in conversation about the events that took place while they were both there and what has happened since then, especially the development between Louisa and Captain Benwick. Although Wentworth wishes the couple well, he does cast some doubt as to whether Benwick and Louisa will...

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