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Summary Chapter 47

Mrs. Nubbles and Mr. Marks rush to their destination by carriage. Mrs. Nubbles worries over her children. Mr. Marks is restless and keeps fidgeting. Mrs. Nubbles is afraid of him. It finally occurs to him to ask if she is comfortable.

At midnight, they stop for dinner at an inn, where he orders everything on the menu. When her appetite fails to be as large as he expects, he worries that she is ill—even though he has failed to eat himself, preferring to pace. He asks about how many children she has and whether they have been baptized. He offers to be their godparent. He persuades her to have some wine, which makes her sleep the rest of the night.

The next day, they arrive at their destination. They drive to the waxwork, but they are stopped by a large crowd celebrating a wedding. They get out of the carriage. The crowd knocks on the door for Mr. Marks. George answers, and he informs Mr. Marks that he and Mrs. Jarley have just gotten married.

Mr. Marks asks about Nell. Mrs. Jarley says he should have come a week ago if he had meant to do Nell any good. She invites them inside. Mrs. Jarley relates how she first met Nell and her grandfather and all the events that transpired up to their disappearance. She details how Nell had started to become uneasy and depressed about her grandfather’s frequent disappearances. Mrs. Jarley had tried to trace them when they disappeared but failed. They don’t know whose decision it was to leave abruptly—the grandfather’s or Nell’s.

Mr. Marks sobs over the story, bitterly disappointed. He offers compensation to the newlyweds for their kindness to Nell and her grandfather, which they refuse. They go off on their honeymoon. Mr. Marks and Mrs. Nubbles go to an inn. Onlookers are very curious about Mr. Marks, since a rumor has already started that Nell is the kidnapped daughter of a fine family—and that Mr. Marks is her father.

Charles Dickens