Chapter 51 – 55
After receiving Mrs. Touchett’s letter requesting Isabel come to England immediately because Ralph is dying, Isabel informs Osmond that she must go to him; Osmond viciously threatens her not to go. Feeling defeated, she tells the Countess her situation, and the Countess, considering there may be some gain in it for Isabel, reveals the whole truth to her: Madame Merle, while married, had an affair with Osmond and became pregnant with Pansy. Her husband would not accept Pansy, but Osmond did. To hide her indecency, she relinquished all responsibility to Pansy over to Osmond. Osmond, who relocated to hide the truth, raised Pansy as if she were his first-wife’s child, who had died before Pansy’s birth.
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Isabel bravely decides to go to London, but first stops to see Pansy at the convent. Madame Merle is there also, and suspects that Isabel knows her secret. Merle then reveals that it was Ralph who convinced his father to leave him part of his inheritance.
In London, Isabel spends Ralph’s last day with him. Ralph refers to Isabel as an angel, too: the angel of death. Ralph relents that he has ruined Isabel by “making her rich.”
The next day, Isabel thinks she sees his ghost, just as Ralph had once told her that she might see the ghost of the house if she suffered enough. Ralph has passed on. He left many of his possessions and money to others, but for Isabel he left her into the care of Mr. Goodwood. When Goodwood visits Isabel, he tells this, and pleads with her to trust him. She tells him to go away and returns to Rome to her prison.
Really. That’s how it ends.