In New York, Dickens is invited to a sportsman's dinner, one of many such invitations that he continuously receives. He recalls a time when, as still a young man, he sorely grieved the loss of his sister-in-law, Mary, whom he loved very dearly. He continues to produce several novels, including Oliver Twist but begins to worry about is health and sees Dr. John Elliotson, intent on taking out an insurance policy. Elliotson is also known for dabbling in some of the more unorthodox branches of medicine like phrenology and hypnosis, areas in which Dickens would like to learn more. Meanwhile, Charles' father is once again in debt and goes too far this time in his pursuit of easy funds.