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Does the dead child she mentions symbolise her own death as the child of sin? The reference to Richard reminds us of the unresolved problem of the Chancery case. Chapter 60 Summary After the ordeal, Esther is ill for a short period, but when she recovers Mr Jarndyce invites Mrs Woodcourt to stay with them in London so that her son can see her more often. Alan brings news of Richard's deterioration, and Mr Jarndyce tells Esther that Allan is seeking employment as a medical attendant for the poor in Yorkshire.
Sir Leicester resents the inference that the education of the village school is not good enough for a manufacturer's daughter-in-law and breaks off the discussion. That evening Lady Dedlock treats Rosa with great kindness and is in a thoughtful mood. Commentary The main purpose of this chapter is to expose the complacent and classridden basis of Victorian society by contrasting Sir Leicester and his poor indolent cousins with the successful industrialist, Rouncewell, whose mother is only a servant.
Mr Guppy introduces Esther to Mrs Chadband, whom Esther recognises as Mrs Rachel, her godmother's servant. George reveals that he has been hiding Gridley, who is wanted by the police and is very ill. Miss Flite accompanies Esther and George to the shooting gallery, where the physician summoned by George proves to be Inspector Bucket in disguise, but Gridley dies before he can be arrested. Commentary Richard, who is increasingly placing his confidence in Chancery, is contrasted with Gridley who has been destroyed by it in this chapter.