The old lady promptly set out for Bath with a friend, but soon began to wonder about the contents of Farquhar's sealed letter; though he had been her physician for many years, he had never told her precisely what was wrong with her. At the first overnight stop, she announced that she was going to open it. Though her companion protested the breach of trust, the letter was opened. "Dear Davis," it read. "Keep the old lady three weeks and send her back again."