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Summary Chapter 37

Mrs. Jennings resumes her former schedule since her daughter has recuperated quickly. Charlotte gets upset when the child develops red gum. The doctor confirms the diagnosis her mother had given.

While the doctor is there, he divulges some juicy gossip to Mrs. Jennings. Edward Ferrars is engaged to Lucy. Fanny Dashwood found out from Lucy’s sister, who thought they would be happy to hear it—as they seemed so fond of Lucy. Fanny Dashwood was not thrilled and went into hysterics. She screamed at Lucy, who fainted. She was going to throw them out of the house, but her husband begged her to at least allow them to pack. Fanny became so hysterical, Mr. Donovan (the doctor) was sent for. Lucy was leaving the house when he arrived, looking unwell.

Mrs. Jennings thinks Fanny is awful and feels bad for Edward. The doctor is returning to see how Mrs. Ferrars is going to take it. Mrs. Jennings supports the young couple, not putting much store in money and greatness.

Elinor prepares Marianne for the news. Marianne is horrified and upset, considering Edward another Willoughby.

Marianne can’t believe Elinor kept this secret for four months. Elinor tells her she is able to put aside her sadness for the sake of others. Happiness does not revolve around a single person. Elinor suspected that Lucy told her that she was engaged to Edward to gloat, being jealous of Edward’s regard for Elinor. Elinor’s pride didn’t want to give her the satisfaction. Elinor admits, though, she has been unhappy.

Marianne feels bad. Elinor makes her promise not to be resentful towards Edward or Lucy.

John Dashwood visits the next day. He assures them Fanny will recover. They feel their kindness extended towards the Steeles has been poorly repaid.

Edward refused to break the engagement despite his mother’s offer that if he did and married Miss Morton, she would make him independent. He still refuses even when she vows to disinherit him and prevent him from advancing in any profession. Mrs. Jennings is pleased that Edward has integrity.

Mrs. Ferrars did disinherit him. Mrs. Jennings plans to help him if she sees him. Mrs. Ferrars is giving Robert Edward’s settlement and making him independent instead.

Jane Austen