In the first chapter, the narrator has a dream in which she revisits Manderley. However it is not as she remembers it, as it is all wild and overgrown, and somewhat haunting to her.
The author explains how they can never go back to Manderley, in this chapter. It tells us it is too painful for the couple to go back. they now live an unexciting life in a hotel, looking at English mail and recent sport results.
Mrs Van Hopper likes celebrity spotting. her goal is to see lots of noteworthy people. To her surprise, Mr De Winter, who owns Manderley, turns up while she is having tea. Mrs Van Hopper really wants to talk to Mr De winter, so she sends the narrator to get a certain letter. Upon returning, she is surprised to find Mrs Van Hopper already deep in conversation with him
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In this chapter, Mrs Van Hopper becomes ill. At lunch time, the narrator goes to lunch on her own. To her horror, Mr De Winter is already there. she tries to keep a low profile, but in doing so spills a jug of water on her table. This triggers Mr De Winter to invite here to have lunch with him. They both talk comfortably throughout luncheon.
The narrator explains to Mr De winter that she is 21 and in love for the first time. While Mrs Van Hopper is recovering, they spend many days alone together either driving or talking. The narrator explains that she would rather be older, more stylish, mature and confident. Mr De Winter tells her he likes her just the way she is.
Mrs Van Hopper has recovered fully and explains that they are to leave for New York today. The narrator does not want to leave because she had fallen in love with Mr De Winter. She wants to say a final goodbye, she finds him at breakfast. Mr De Winter asks her to sit down with her. He starts talking, and to her surprise asks her to marry him. If she accepts, she will go with him back to Manderley.