finds out second-hand that Robert is leaving for Mexico and she
is upset at the news. Robert had said nothing about this when they
had been together. He hopes to make his fortune in Mexico.
She receives a message from Mme. Lebrun asking if Edna would like
to visit her before Robert leaves. Edna responds that she is unwell.
This prompts Ad'le to come and check on Edna. When the two women
talk awhile, she iindicates that she is also surprised that Robert
is leaving so suddenly.
Before he leaves, Robert meets Edna and advises her that he does
not know how long he will be away. Edna asks him to write to her.
he leaves, Edna becomes very depressed. She is annoyed with herself
that she cannot get Robert out of her mind.
is clear that the day Edna and Robert spent together has caused
Robert to step back from the relationship. He can see that problems
may arise if he sees out the summer vacation, and so he decides
to bring forward his trip to Mexico. The fact that Edna is not advised
of his departure directly from Robert hurts her. She has had to
learn of his trip from others. This unforeseen occurrence has upset
Edna's balance and she is disappointed in Robert that he does not
have the courage to stay.
Robert has noticed that Edna's feelings for him could be dangerous.
He is not prepared to face the consequences of this revelation.