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Using flashback, Scott supplies the necessary information to link various events that have happened. Ivanhoe's actual whereabouts since being injured at the tournament have never been explicitly stated. But here it is revealed that Rebecca took the invalid Ivanhoe 2on as a charge, promising to use her powers of healing. It is made clear that the sick man she and her father were accompanying when they were kidnapped is Ivanhoe.
Scott's use of flashback is meant to supply missing links between chapters. In the flashback, he also uses authorial intrusion a second time. The effect is that of a stage play where an event involving one set of characters is linked through conversation with a similar event happening to a different set of characters. It is a bit confusing, since the reader is skipped back in time and caught up on events that have led to the present.