Mrs. Clay, it seems, has definite designs on Sir Walter, and is not actually all that fond of Miss Elizabeth. She does what she has to do to further her own interests, and if this means several months separation from her two children, so be it. She is even willing to readjust her plans when Mr. Elliot begins to show attention to herself, Elizabeth and Anne all at the same time.
Mr. Elliot, for his part, apprises his friend Wallis of all his own goings-on, describing how he keeps the whole Elliot entertained by flattering them all according to their individual needs.
In ending the novel, June Menzies seeks to giver her own answer to Jane Austen's own puzzle, "It is now a doubtful point whether his cunning, or hers, may finally carry the day" , which arises from the coincidental disappearance of both Mrs. Clay and Mr. Elliot and what they all hear about them later. It is quite an interesting answer, I must say, but I do not wish to suspend any pleasure you all may get from reading this novel yourself. I highly recommend it!
There are two endings; one shows that His Cunning has accomplished his goals; the second shows that Her Cunning carries the day.
A very nice and quick read. This book is extremely hard to find, but if you should run across it, I recommend that you give it a try.