Chapters 9 and 10 Summary and Analysis
Robert Acton ruminates over his feelings for Eugenia: Is he in love, or is he merely curious? He worries that he does not feel more “ardent” if he is in love. Therefore he decides that he is simply curious about what she thinks and feels. He is also curious as to why a man would not be in love with such a woman. He leaves for Newport to be with a sick friend and spends the greater part of the time thinking about her. He would like to bring her to Newport, so that she can see more of New England than just the Boston area. When he returns home, he goes to see her, but she is not in the “big house,” as he calls the main residence of the Wentworths. Mr. Wentworth himself, however, is...
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