Unbeknownst to Slope, his other ambition is also dead in the water because we then stop by the Grantlys’ home, with Harding bearing news. Harding tells the Grantlys he was offered the dean’s position and turned it down, which infuriates them, but he refuses to budge, claiming that he is too old for the job.
Grantly is furious because he believes it just guarantees Slope the job. As far as he is concerned, Harding just needs to get over his namby-pamby principles and take one for the team.
And this is a really condensed version of a fairly extensive set of scenes, but Eleanor is invited to the Thornes’ home for another visit not involving a disastrous garden party and they also invite Arabin the Bore.
He and Eleanor are able to hash out their feelings and differences, and he asks her to marry him in one of the most yawn-inducing proposals I have ever seen in a period drama.
She gets back home, excited to tell her father. He is also excited to tell her about his offer and his decision. She’s disappointed he won’t take the job, but he is thrilled with her news.
Then Harding has a brain wave–he should see if he can get Arabin the Bore the dean job that was offered to him.
Even the Grantlys are happy with Eleanor’s news.
Next page: Slope vs Proudies.