This chapter starts with the gathering guaranteed toward the finish of the past: a clumsy showdown between Lady Blakeney (the previous Marguerite St.
Just) and the Comtesse. Marguerite is depicted as an “astonishing” marvel in wonderful detail—maybe additional confirmation of Orczy’s sensitivity for the privileged societies, as we hear much about Marguerite’s dress and way. She is, as a prompt stabilizer to the Comtesse’s poor sentiment of her, appeared to be a thoughtful character as she educates a poor bum at the motel’s external entryway be given dinner to her detriment. What’s more, maybe most telling, she is unequivocally recognized in the psyches of Jellyband’s supporters as one of them, regardless of her remote birth: When the Comtesse precludes Suzanne to welcome Marguerite, Jellyband, his girl and their benefactors all heave at “this impudence before her ladyship—who was English, now that she was Sir Percy’s better half, and a companion of the Princess of Wales to boot” (p. 42).
Sir Percy won’t make his passage until the last sentence of this part, however, he is “available” in any case as his significant other’s English real. The old national divisions raise their heads, as marriage has made Marguerite, for all her history in France, an Englishwoman. Her starting points are not totally overlooked, obviously; in reality, the storyteller appears to talk with gentle, acquainted contempt at one purpose of Marguerite as “a reasonable scion of those same republican families which had flung down a position of authority, and removed a privileged whose root was lost in the diminish and inaccessible vista of past hundreds of years” (p. 41)— just as the disestablishment of such an old establishment were characteristically criminal. Nor is Marguerite depicted as totally faultless: she mocks the Comtesse once she has left the room, and from that joke perusers may derive a lack of care to the issue that so inconveniences the Comtesse (obviously, we may similarly deduce that the Comtesse’s scorn for Marguerite is outlandish, as Jellyband’s benefactors appear to accept). The section is a concise one, however it serves to set up Marguerite as an important character to whom perusers will appreciate focusing as the novel advances. It closes as the last section did, with the sudden passageway of another character—this time, Marguerite’s significant other, Sir Percy.