Annie and Henry are shocked when Paul reveals Dryden up and left his fiancee Celia six months ago and they've been on the hunt for him since. Meanwhile, Robert visits Joe and warns him off marrying Christine.


Joe still can't get hold of Mr. Sharp. Christine tells Joe that she has written to him stating they're getting married. Dry covers for Alison in the shop while she composes herself. Annie tries to console her. Paul calls into the shop looking for Dry. He tells Annie and Henry that Dry upped and left six months ago and they've been looking for him since. He reveals that Celia is Dry's fiancée. Reverend Ruskin discovers that Henry knows about Alison's past in prison. Dry invites Celia to the farm. Joe bumps into Mr. Sharp at a cattle market, at first he is unaware he is talking to Mr Sharp as he has not yet met him personally. Celia accuses Dry of being a coward, but he makes it clear that she pushed him into proposing. He says he is reluctant to surrender to her love, but admits he loves her. He tells her he has no wish to marry and doesn't want to abandon the life he leads. He says they will be happy for a few months, then after that they will be stuck in an unhappy marriage. Dry says that is not a price he is willing to pay. Celia vows to make sure he marries her. Dry walks out. Mr Sharp buys Joe a drink then says he is Robert Sharp, a local farmer, and Joe says he is Joe Sugden. Joe realises he has just met Christine's father by chance. Mr. Sharp warns Joe about marrying Christine, saying she's a dreamer and their marriage won't last. He says he is thinking of Joe more than her. He then says goodbye and walks off.


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