We then skip over to the Stanhope house. The Signora has written letters to Eleanor, Arabin, and Slope, and she tasks Bertie with mailing them. She refuses to say what they are for, but Bertie doesn’t give a shit because when you’re lazy and charming like Bertie, you’re usually good-natured too. Their banter is interrupted by their sister, who tells him dad wants to see him and does not seem happy.
Bertie’s proposal to Eleanor has made its way to Muttonchops, and he is horrified by the very idea that Bertie would propose to any respectable woman.
He tries to ascertain what Bertie wants to do with his life, but he should have foreseen how that conversation was going to end.
Their father is not as amused with Bertie as the rest of the world is, and he tells him he must leave the home.
Upon learning their brother must return to Italy, his sisters find the news hilarious, which incidentally Bertie finds it kind of funny too, so at least they’re not being complete assholes here.
And this is the last we see of dear flaky Bertie, more’s the pity.
Next page: The Signora and her many visitors.