Chapter 21 Summary

The next day, Anne visits the ailing Mrs. Smith. Her friend notices that Anne is in good spirits and suggests that it might have something to do with Anne’s outing to the musical performance the previous night. Anne thinks that Mrs. Smith is very observant and blushes. But as Mrs. Smith continues the discussion, Anne realizes that Mrs. Smith believes that the object of her excitement is Mr. Elliot, not Captain Wentworth.

Mrs. Smith suggests that Anne will soon be engaged to be married to Mr. Elliot. Rumors are abundant around town that this is so. When Anne attempts to deny this, Mrs. Smith thinks that she has overstepped a social boundary in her assumption. Anne insists that Mrs. Smith has not done so. Anne merely...

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