The French Lieutenant's Woman - Chapters 16-22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 – As the days go by, Ernestina becomes very submissive toward Charles, like a wife. He wants her to contradict him on something, and he realizes that Ernestina has fallen in love with the idea of marriage.

Charles goes back to The Undercliff and comes across Sarah again. He sees in her an independence and intelligence lacking in Ernestina. They converse about redemption and reputation. Charles does not believe anyone is beyond help who is able make others sympathize. Sarah reveals she knows the French Lieutenant is not returning, for he is married.

Chapter 17 - Mrs. Tranter, Ernestina, and Charles at the Lyme Assembly Rooms, watching a religious concert for Lent. While there, Charles reflects on the mystery surrounding Sarah, and whether or not he would be able to properly explain this to Ernestina. Charles also reflects on Ernestina’s shallowness, and wonders if he...

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