After a long (long) struggle, I’ve finally finished Chapter Eight, aka The Mess That Must Be Severely Edited, and Also No Happiness For Anyone.
It’s nearly as long as last chapter (which had the bath scene of doom!), though more because of multiple scenes (I think five) than particularly long encounters.
We’ll see when I have some distance. (If I have any ironclad rule of editing, it’s “don’t edit right away.”)
In any case, it’s taken me to just over 200 pages! 🙂