Part 20. A coalition government is formed with Planty as Prime Minister. Glencora rushes headlong into her new social duties, alarming Planty. Lopez, an ambitious young man of mysterious origins, curries favor with the Pallisers ans with Abel Wharton, whose daughter he is romancing. Part 21. With Glencora's imprudent encouragement, Lopez furthers his political ambitions. He also obtains Abel Warton's consent to marry Emily.