Fingersmith - Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Sarah Waters
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary

After Sue's decision has been made, Gentleman provides additional information and begins to prepare her for her role in his cruel plan. The reader learns that the old man's name is Christopher Lilly, his niece's name is Maud Lilly, and that they live somewhat west of London in a house called Briar. Gentleman creates a background story for Sue and writes to the young woman recommending Sue as her new lady's maid. The young woman, who is said to be infatuated with Gentleman, responds as expected. Sue is carefully trained in the work of a lady's maid, outfitted appropriately with a single dress, given a new hairstyle, and sent off alone to Briar and the unsuspecting Miss Maud Lilly. Sue is to use the name Susan Smith so she cannot be traced back to her life in the London Borough. With...

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