Villette - Study Guide Chapter 23, Vashti Summary & Analysis

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Lucy begins to believe in happiness, mainly because she continues to receive letters and be visited by the Brettons. Dr. John feels that their attentions will help keep the nun away. Lucy usually writes two responses to Graham, one in which she writes freely of her feelings and opinions and another that her reason dictates is appropriate. She always sends the latter. She denies that she ever has "warmer feelings" toward the doctor, since she thinks it would be pointless to love someone that she knows that she could never have.

One evening, Dr. John comes to see Lucy and tells her that Mrs. Bretton has an unexpected visitor and cannot go to the theater with him. She told him to take Lucy instead. Lucy wants to see the actress who is in the play, so she immediately runs to get dressed. Her dun-colored dress...

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