The Paying Guests - Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

Sarah Waters
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In Chapter Seventeen, Lilian and Frances are distant with each other but agree they will go to the police immediately if Spencer is found guilty. The trial commences and Frances is dismayed to discover that it seems everything is going against Spencer. He is now subdued and obviously frightened. Charles is called as a witness and Frances is surprised when he is bruised and limping. She learns he was beaten by the husband of the woman with whom he'd had an affair.

Lilian testifies, including the day Leonard had arrived at home with a bloody nose. Billie Grey is called to the stand and Frances is struck by the fact that she seems very much like Lilian. She says Leonard had never lied to her about being married but that the marriage was in name only. She also says she and Spencer were never...

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