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The Woman in White | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • August 6, 1849

    Walter Hartright meets Anne Catherick, the Woman in White.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Later that day

    Hartright arrives at Limmeridge House.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Late October

    Because of his love for Laura Fairlie, Hartright must leave Limmeridge.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • December 22, 1849

    Laura Fairlie marries Sir Percival.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • June 12, 1850

    Laura and Sir Percival come to Blackwater Park with Count and Countess Fosco.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • June 17, 1850

    Sir Percival attempts to get Laura to sign papers giving him control of her money; she refuses.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • June 19, 1850

    Marian Halcombe overhears Sir Percival and Fosco plotting; she falls ill.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • July 25, 1850

    Anne Catherick is switched for Laura and dies at the Fosco home in London.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • July 27, 1850

    Laura is drugged, switched for Anne, and incarcerated in the insane asylum.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • A few weeks later

    Hartright returns home, hears Laura is dead, and then encounters Marian Halcombe and Laura in the cemetery.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • A week later

    Hartright, Halcombe, and Laura set up housekeeping in London.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • A few weeks later

    Hartright discovers Sir Percival's secret; Percival dies in a fire at the Old Welmingham church.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • April 1851

    Hartright and Laura are married.

    Part 3, Chapter 2
  • May 1851

    With Pesca's help, Hartright learns that Fosco is a spy and an assassin.

    Part 3, Chapter 2
  • That night

    Hartright confronts Fosco and forces him to write a confession.

    Part 3, Chapter 2
  • Three days later

    Hartright brings proof of Laura's identity to Limmeridge and restores her identity.

    Part 3, Chapter 4
  • Six months later

    Hartright and Pesca learn of Fosco's assassination in Paris.

    Part 3, Chapter 4
  • August 1852

    Hartright returns from a trip to learn Laura has inherited Limmeridge House.

    Part 3, Chapter 4
  • Immediately after

    Hartright, Laura, baby Walter, and Halcombe take up residence at Limmeridge House.

    Part 3, Chapter 4

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Walter Hartright, a poor drawing master, starts the story by describing his circumstances. He is 28 years old, lives alo... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 This section is introduced in the first person by Mr. Gilmore, the Fairlie family lawyer. He says he has been asked by H... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 After Gilmore leaves for the first time, Laura tells Halcombe she has decided to inform Sir Percival of her love for ano... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 Six months later, Halcombe is ensconced at Blackwater Park, Sir Percival's home. She is awaiting Laura's return from her... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 Frederick Fairlie is Laura's uncle and guardian (until her marriage), and a hopelessly foppish, frail, and self-centered... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 Mrs. Michelson is Sir Percival's housekeeper, and the widow of a clergyman "reduced by misfortune to the necessity of ac... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 This section of the story includes multiple brief narratives from minor characters. Each narrative either moves the stor... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 One week has passed since Hartright returned from Central America and learned that Laura is alive and not buried in Limm... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 Hartright receives an urgent note from Halcombe saying she and her sister have been obliged to change residence. Hartrig... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 This entire section is dedicated to the confession written by Count Fosco at the command of Hartright. In it, Fosco desc... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 Having read Fosco's confession, Hartright finds the cab driver who took Fosco and Laura to Waterloo Station on July 26—t... Read More
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