Phineas Finn ignores Barrington Erle's advice and agrees to meet Kennedy before his trip to Dresden to see Laura. The Irishman ignores Kennedy's pleas not to go, but agrees to carry a message to his estranged wife. He advises Laura not to return to Kennedy as he has become irrational and obsessed with religion even though her father wishes to return to England to try to recover her dowry. Upon his return Finn is pressured by tabloid reporter Quintus Slide to grant him an exclusive story about the Kennedys or he will publish an embarrassing letter written by Kennedy, who accuses Finn of inappropriate behavior. Finn tries vainly to reason with the irrational Kennedy, who tries to shoot him. Plantagenet and other influential politicians intervene and get an injunction against the sleazy Slide. The Duke spends his last days reminiscing with Madame Max, and Reverend Emilius becomes very comfortable in his new role as Lizzie Eustace's husband. Written by
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[to Madame Max
Well, when two women understand each other as thoroughly as we do, it can meither be love or contempt. We've chosen a better way.