Mrs. Jennings wonders why Colonel Brandon left so abruptly and why he refused to explain the circumstances. She was certain it was due to something distressing. She discusses every possible calamity it could be. She is certain it has something to do with his daughter.
Elinor is distracted by the uncharacteristic silence of Marianne and Willoughby. He seems genuinely attached to the Dashwoods. He considers the cottage a second home. He doesn’t wish to see it remodeled, despite its imperfections. He had always wished it would be let and was pleased when the Dashwoods came.
Mrs. Dashwood invites him to dinner the next day.