Adam Bede

Adam Bede: Chapter 41

Summary of Chapter 41: The Eve of the TrialIn a rented room in Stoniton, Bartle Massey and Adam await the arrival of Mr. Irwine. Bartle pretends to read, but he is watching Adam who sits haggard and listless. Mr. Irwine comes from the prison where he and the chaplain were talking to Hetty. Adam has …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 40

Summary of Chapter 40: The Bitter Waters SpreadWhen Mr. Irwine returns from Stoniton, his mother tells him Squire Donnithorne is dead. She does not know about the tragedy and rejoices that now her godson Arthur will be the new squire. Mr. Irwine does not send a letter to Arthur about the events because he will …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 39

Summary of Chapter 39: The Tidings When Arthur arrives at the parsonage, he is kept waiting as Mr. Irwine talks to a strange man (who turns out to be a constable). When Adam is admitted, he tells Mr. Irwine that he has come to him for help because he looks up to him the most …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 38

Summary of Chapter 38: The QuestThe narrative switches to Adam’s point of view. After Hetty has been gone for two weeks, the family begins to worry, and Adam decides to go to Snowfield to get her. Mrs. Poyser tells him to invite Dinah to come back too for the wedding. Adam starts his journey in …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 37

Summary of Chapter 37: The Journey in DespairHetty is in bed the rest of the day, too ill to think. She has no hope left. The next day she tries to think of a plan. She cannot get any work in her condition. Remembering a starving unwed mother and child at Hayslope who had been …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 36

Book Fifth Chapter 36: The Journey in Hope Hetty sets out with her little saved money, with no idea where Windsor is or how long it takes to get there. The coachman tells her Windsor is near London. She despairs and decides to take carriers’ carts and farmer’s wagons because the coach costs too much. …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 35

Summary of Chapter 35: The Hidden Dread Adam doesn’t see much of Hetty during the winter between November and February because he is working two jobs and getting ready for the wedding in March. Two rooms are prepared for Hetty and Adam in the Bede home, so that Seth and Lisbeth can stay in the …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 34

Chapter 34: The BetrothalAdam walks Hetty home after church one Sunday in November. He asks her to take his arm. He is more impatient about her now and is waiting for a sign from Hetty to declare his love. He tells her his good news about becoming a partner with Jonathan Burge. Suddenly, she is …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 33

Summary of Chapter 33: More Links It is harvest time, and Mrs. Poyser is the heroine of the valley for speaking her mind to the old squire. Mr. Irwine and his mother admire Mrs. Poyser for her backbone but doubt the old squire will be around much longer. Both Mrs. Poyser and Adam notice changes …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 32

Summary of Chapter 32: Mrs. Poyser ‘Has Her Say Out’ The next day Squire Donnithorne  visits the Poysers to make a deal with them. He has a possible tenant for the Chase Farm but the man wants more plough land. If the Poysers would give up some plough land, they could have more dairy land …

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