Vanity Fair - Chapter 40 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 40 Summary

Sir Pitt does not regain control of his speech. Pitt junior moves into Queens Crawley again and takes over the business affairs of the estate. Sir Pitt passes away, and Pitt junior, now Sir Pitt, immediately begins scheming of ways to spend the money, update the estate and make good of the parliamentary seat.

Pitt's mother-in-law is appalled that they want to invite Becky to the funeral. Pitt puts his foot down and insists he is the head of the household. Lady Southdown is at last put in her place. Lady Southdown decides she would rather leave her daughter's house than stay in it while Becky is invited. Lady Southdown has nowhere to go, however, and no money of her own. She is left to sulk over the arrangement.

Rawdon is irritated by the letter bearing the news of his father's death. It will cost them twenty...

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