Dr. Lydgate's finances have reached a crisis and many of his furnishings are repossessed. Unbeknownst to him, his wife Rosamond has written to his uncle Godwin asking for £1000 but he responds directly to Lydgate in a most deprecating manner. Lydgate approaches Nicholas Bulstrode who agrees to lend the funds. Bulstrode's nemesis has also returned but when the man dies in his house, rumors sweep the village that he was complicit in the man's death. Having accepted money from Bulstrode, Dr. Lydagate's reputation is also tarnished and no one will speak to him. Having returned to Middlemarch, Will Ladislaw declares his love for Dorothea. Fred Vincy and Mary Garth agree to get married.