Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Lady Audley’s Secret

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Lady Audley’s Secret Volume 1: Chapters 11-15 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 11 Summary: The Mark upon My Lady’s Wrist

While visiting Audley Court, Robert describes George’s continuing grief over his wife’s death, as well as his own fears that George might do something rash. Lady Audley finds his surprising, as she had imagined that a man could easily replace one wife with another, but Robert insists that that is not George’s nature.

During dinner, Sir Michael says that he is happy to see his wife in good spirits, as she had been disappointed the previous day when they had been unable to locate her old schoolmistress.

Later, Lady Audley plays a melancholic sonata by Beethoven on the piano, and Robert observes that it seems contrary to her upbeat nature. Sir Michael notices that she has bruised her wrist, and she says that it is from winding a ribbon around her arm too tightly. On closer inspection, the bruise is made up of what look like finger marks. Though Lady Audley’s story is plausible, Robert is skeptical.

When Robert returns to the inn, he resolves to find George. His determination suggests that, were he ever to take on a brief, he might prove more capable than his fellow magistrates imagine.

Chapter 12 Summary: Still Missing

Returning home, Robert finds the apartment as he left it and the landlady confirms that George has not returned. Robert then visits George’s father-in-law, who tells him that George visited him the previous night. George is to set sail from Liverpool and, possibly, won’t return. Robert finds it extraordinary that George did not say anything to him.

Hearing this conversation, George’s son fixes his eyes on Robert and asks, “Where’s the pretty lady?” (84). His grandfather says that he is talking about the wife of an old captain who gave him gifts, such as an expensive watch. Unbeknownst to the child, however, his grandfather often has to pawn the watch to earn money.

Robert is left alone while Mr. Maldon puts the child to bed. Taking out a cigar, he looks for something with which to light it. A half-burnt piece of paper lying on the hearthrug catches his eye. It is part…

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