Slope comes in and assumes the guise of being sorry about the dean’s health.
But he changes gears quickly.
The bishop rejects this, saying it’s not his place to make recommendations. Besides, he doesn’t know who he’d mention. Of course, Slope has answers for everything. Slope is cool with it not being the bishop’s place–he doesn’t have to advise, just mention it. And as for who to suggest, well, he’s got that covered too.
Then because Slope is Slope he basically recites a memorized speech justifying his placement in the post.
The bishop consents, though his affirmation is a little less enthusiastic than it may have been just a few weeks earlier. Slope is too busy smirking to notice his boss’s body language.
But then, showing more sneak than he gets credit for, the bishop also uses Slope’s joy to mention his decision about the hospital.
Though we never get to see what Mrs. Proudie said, she obviously prevailed in the Great Hospital War because the bishop breaks the news to Slope that he’s not going to get his way because Mr. Q. will be the new warden.
Next time: A social situation presents itself.