Hearts in Question
Back in the saloon, Henry and Nora talk for the first time since Henry’s ultimatum that Nora choose sides between himself and Bill. After some consideration Henry realized his error and apologizes for asking Nora to choose between the two men. Nora accepts his apology and suggests that perhaps its time that she and Henry get a fresh start. They both have unhappy memories associated with Hope Valley and starting over somewhere else may just do them both a world of good.
Later in the evening, Charlotte and Elizabeth get to know each other while preparing dinner. Besides Jack, the two have almost nothing in common. Charlotte’s never known the comfort and privilege that were the hallmarks of Elizabeth’s upbringing. But they are both sadly equal footing in the kitchen. Charlotte suggests that Elizabeth’s Shepherd’s Pie could use a healthy dose of pepper and of her special ingredient, lard! Charlotte’s personal touches made the meal so ‘filling’ Jack barely eats more than a mouthful. Hoping to draw attention away from the meal, Jack suggests that Charlotte join him and Elizabeth when they head to the settlement in the morning. Aside from delivering supplies, Elizabeth is working to set up a school for the children living in the settlement. Charlotte was also a teacher and Elizabeth is eager for her to see her work on the new school. While it’s been years since she was in a classroom Charlotte is glad to tag along.
The next day Lee and Rosemary meet with Frank Hogan for some pre-marital counseling. If it were up to Lee they would get married on the spot but Rosemary is insistent on a big wedding. There is however one slight problem. With the mill back up and running, Lee forgot to build the gazebo Rosemary envisioned for the ceremony. The news is not what Rosemary wanted to hear, but pastor Hogan explains that being open and communicating is they key to a happy marriage. Lee and Rosemary both agree and tell Frank that despite the mix-up with the gazebo, they agree on everything and want the same things out of life, except when it comes to children. While Lee wants a big family, Rosemary has no intention of having kids. It seems that with all the wedding plans, Lee and Rosemary never discussed their plans for a family.
At the settlement, while Jack delivers, he takes a moment to check in on Edith. She’s concerned that the rains could wash out the road to the mine where her husband is working. Jack tells her that Ned Yost sent a wagon full of supplies so that if the road were washed out, the men will have enough provisions. Nearby, Elizabeth tries to convince a group of skeptical mothers to enroll their children in the new school. The mothers argue that the children have too many chores to waste time sitting through lessons. And they are certainly not willing to listen to someone who knows nothing about their way of life. Hoping to help, Charlotte steps in and explains that while she grew up poor, the best thing she ever did was to learn to read and write. The women appreciate the gesture, but are still not convinced that Elizabeth can relate to their situation. Jack then steps in and speaks up for Elizabeth. He explains that despite her privileged background, Elizabeth has done wonders for the children of Hope Valley and that if she’s willing to help their children, the mothers should consider themselves lucky.