In an awesome scene that follows the bishop returning from a visit with the archbishop, Mrs. Proudie forces him to admit that he mentioned Slope in the conversation, though he concedes he thought it was arrogant of Slope to put his own name forward.
He does try a novel self-defense tactic, claiming that he recommended Slope so that he would leave and she wouldn’t have to deal with him.
She is not moved and is hellbent on revenge–Slope will leave, and he will not leave with dignity or rank. Also she vaguely mentions that Slope had nothing before attaching himself to the Proudie coattails.
In a touching but one-sided conversation, Harding talks to the invalid dean and explains Grantly’s grand plans for the day and expresses doubt that they’re even worth troubling with.
Next page: The garden party.