Walter Herries establishes himself in Keswick and constructs an imposing property overlooking Uldale, further encroaching upon the peaceful lives of Jennifer and the children. Adam resolves to pursue a career in London, much to his mother's displeasure. He meets the Chartist campaigner Caesar Kraft and lives with him and his daughter Margaret.
On a visit to the capital, Elizabeth Herries chooses the opportunity to escape from her unhappy life, but is finally pursued by John. Uhland Herrries' obsession with and hatred of John Herries grows amidst self-contempt and scorn for his father. The eagerly awaited Chartist procession comes to a tragic end for both Adam and Margaret while the confrontation that Uhland desires and John dreads comes to reality and will scar the family for the next 30 years.
Speculation that Judith will reach her 100th birthday is rife, but the feud still exists, and the attitude of the younger generation seems to predict that it may continue as devil-may-care Benjamin - son of Elizabeth and John - and Ellis - Will's boy, and unable to connect with his emotions - meet in London. Meanwhile, the beautiful, tempestuous and determined Vanessa grows to maturity in Cumberland.
"Joyce gives all Walpole's drama an extra indelible dimension. Joyce tempers his voice not merely to produce a vast panoply of emotions, but also to convey the maturing of a character." (The Spectator)
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