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Edward Lawrence comes to the Grand to find Esmee. Forty years ago they were deeply in love but the class system was against them - she was a lady's maid to his mother - and they were forced to part. He is now a wealthy widower, aware of her profession, and keen to marry her. She accepts but when she visits his children, who are wary of her, she is told that he is still in love with his recently-deceased wife and essentially on the rebound. He breaks down and cries. Esmee returns to the Grand and accepts an offer made to her earlier by Marcus to give proper organization of the prostitutes at the Manhattan. Ruth panics when Marcus calls a doctor to examine her and runs away to find Edith, for whose unwanted baby she is paying. Edith is late and the baby has to be induced but arrives in time for her to tell Marcus they have a son. He slaps her however for causing him to worry about the future of his child. Clive tries to get the staff to join a union after he has served at a T.U.C. conference but Jacob dissuades him, believing it would give Marcus cause to sack them.
Esme Harkness is flabbergasted when her first love, Edward Lawrence, suddenly appears out of the blue 40 years after their initial courtship. In their youth they had been very much in love but class divisions kept them from ever having anything but a temporary arrangement. Even after all these years she still has feelings for him but is worried that he does not know what she became. He does in fact know and asks her to marry him. A visit to his home and his children however reveals a far different and more complex situation that she could have imagined. Meanwhile, Ruth Bannerman's ruse may be catching up with her. She is now a week "overdue" and the woman who is carrying the baby she purchased admits she may not give birth for another two weeks. When Marcus arranges for a doctor to examine her, she flees. Below stairs, Clive is inspired by a trade union delegation staying as guests in the hotel to get the staff to form a union. Marcus Bannerman is concerned over the number of prostitutes working in his club and asks Esme to help him organize them.
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