Even in this modern age of swift communication and other wonders of ingenuity, preparing for the short voyage across the English Channel requires a fair amount of time. By the time all is in readiness, autumn has announced its arrival in the form of cooler temperatures, although the weather remains quite dry. (In fact, there is some speculation that fresh water will be in short supply in the near future if winter does not bring rain.)
After much discussion, in person and by letters, it has been determined that Mister Harcourt, his wife, his son, and his daughter-in-law will remain at Harcourt House. Mister Harcourt is recovering from his strange injury slowly but steadily.
Mister Rachman, in pursuit of esoteric knowledge, has business elsewhere in the British Isles, and wishes the adventurers a safe and prosperous voyage. Whether he will be met with again is in the hands of Providence.
Mister Witherly indicates eagerness to accompany the party. One may speculate whether this is entirely out of amity or whether he has some motivation of his own for visiting the Continent.
Miss Davenport, being not unacquainted with the disdain of society, is sympathetic to the plight of the young Gypsy girl, and will not be adverse to supplying her with lodgings while preparations are made for the journey. During this time the new arrival hears of the many strange occurrences witnessed by her hosts.
During this time, Doctor North and Miss Carrow often keep company together. The same may be said of Miss Davenport and Mister Witherly.
The adventurers should state if they are traveling with anything out of the ordinary, keeping in mind the limitations of what may be easily conveyed by horse, ship, et cetera.
Eventually it is determined that a coach from London to Dover, with one night's stay in Rochester, may be arranged at such a time as to allow passage on a packet ship bound to either Calais or Boulogne, the condition of the sea determining the exact place of landing. The sea journey may take as little as two hours, or may last several hours, depending on the whims of the wind and weather.