captain in the Pope's guard, Paolo Neroni and then left him, crippled and with a baby daughter, is carried everywhere on a sofa so that her difficult walk will not make her less attractive to men. Ethelbert (Bertie), the Stanhope's son, is what would be termed nowadays a "loser", with no career and no religious convictions. Both the Proudies and the Grantlys hope to recruit Stanhopes for their respective causes.

Chapter 10: Mrs. Proudie's reception - commenced.

In the absence of the Proudies, who went back to London on the bishop's false claim that government business demanded it, Slope has tried to further his Sabbatarian aims. On the Proudies' return two months later they hold a large evening reception. The archdeacon decides that good form requires his attendance, and although Stanhope is worried on account of Madeline's flirtatious nature that perhaps she should not attend, she has already contacted Slope and arranged for a sofa, on which she makes quite an entrance.

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