"a window overlooking the entrance to the pump-room"
Pump Room
Public DomainPump Room - Credit: G.N. Wright

Mary watches the various visitors enter and exit the Grand Pump Room, a large space in which men and women would gather to drink a prescribed number of glasses of the healthy mineral waters of Bath. The unpleasant-tasting water would be pumped into a glass (hence the name Pump Room), and the drinkers would mingle and sip at will.

The Pump Room, situated in the same building as the old Roman baths, is an attraction, and it is still possible to take the waters here.