Friday, January 18, 2013

The Portrait of A Lady – Chapter 46-55

And these are the last ten chapters of this book (you can return to chapters 1-15; chapters 16-30; or 31-45 if want to grab the whole complete chapters).

Portrait Of Madame Gaudibert

 Chapter 46

Lord Warburton’s proposal letter had never arrived, and when Osmond had been impatient, Warburton appeared himself only to say good bye as he’d be leaving Rome. Osmond blamed his great disappointment to Isabel, and still bore hope that someday Lord Warburton would still think about marrying Pansy.

Chapter 47

Caspar Goodwood had already overcome his broken heart; and Isabel made him promise to take care of the dying Ralph for her. Meanwhile, Osmond like Goodwood more than Isabel’s other friends.

Chapter 48

Ralph decided to come home to die at peace; Henrietta was willingly to escort him, as well as Caspar Goodwood who was asked his favor by Isable. Ralph did not believe that Isabel was happy, but could never extract the truth from Isabel; so did Goodwood who must leave Rome unsatisfied. Here Isabel seemed eager to send everyone away from her.

Chapter 49

Madame Merle blamed Isabel because she has failed to marry Pansy to Lord Warburton. On the other hand, Isabel now fully realized that Madame Merle had cunningly set up her marriage.

Chapter 50

Edward Rosier had sold his precious collections in order to be “rich enough” for Osmond, to marry his daughter; however Osmond made a quick decision to put Pansy in the convent. Meanwhile Countess Gemini was fond of Rosier, and Osmond threatened to banish her if she interfered with his business.

Chapter 51

Ralph was dying, but when Isabel wanted to leave for England to attend to Ralph’s dying bed, Osmond forbade her. Countess Gemini revealed to Isabel that in fact Osmond was Madame Merle’s old lover, and that Pansy was their daughter.

Chapter 52
Isabel finally decided to leave after all, alone. She stopped by the convent to see Pansy, but met Madame Merle there. The later finally realized that Isabel had learned about her secret, and took revenge by telling her that Ralph was in fact the one who had made her fortune.

Chapter 53

Henrietta was going to marry Mr. Bantling and surprisingly left her beloved native land—America—to live in England.

Chapter 54

At Gardencourt Isabel heard news that Lord Warburton was going to marry a lady he had courted only three weeks. Isabel accompanied Ralph beside his dying bed, and they talked every think they had been hiding until then. Although Isabel always hid it, Ralph always understood that she was unhappy. They were having a happy time to feel their love until Ralph finally left the world in peace.

Chapter 55

After the funeral, Isabel was confused, she could not make her mind of what she should do, should she return although she knew Osmond would be very angry to her? Lord Warburton came to bid her good bey; while Caspar Goodwood came to tell Isabel that Raplh—before he died—has asked him to take good care of Isabel. With that, Goodwood suggested that Isabel should leave her husband and marry him instead. After a passionate act from Goodwood, Isabel suddenly knew what she must do; she must go home. And with that—once again—Isabel sent Goodwood away.



  1. Ugh! I hated this ending. It was awful. What did you think?

    1. Well, it's not a "happily ever after" indeed, but at least Isabel finally found freedom in her limited situation. She's still under Osmond's power, but she wasn't intimidated anymore by him. Her flee to Gardencourt showed that.


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