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I´m reading the Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and I would like to ask a question

about this book, about the plot because I don´t understand something from the "plan." If you have read you know what I mean.
I put the question under the LJ cut because I don´t want to spoil for you the experience of reading this book.I highly recommend it :-)

So here is the question:

Miss Lilly made the will (Mrs.Sucksby kept it in the bodice of her black taffeta dress) in which she split her fortune among Maud Sucksby and Susan Lilly, her own daughter.Then she was taken away from Mrs.Sucksby´s house and was forced by her brother and father to make a new will in which she bequathed her fortune to her own daughter (and the daughter should get the money after the daughter has married). Mrs.Sucksby knew of this new will, because Marianne Lilly managed to send her a message.
Then after 17 or so years Maud Sucksby married Gentleman, they put Susan Lilly to the madhouse and went to the Mrs.Sucksby´s house. Mrs. S. wanted (as I understood from the book) to reveal the letter (that one from Marianne Lilly kept in her dress) and say Maud (the married lady that came with G. as his wife) is the girl who lived all the years with her under the name Susan Trinder (but she is Susan Lilly), the other people from the house should confirm this and Maud, her real daughter would claim the money. I know she was married to Gentleman under the name Maud Lilly, but if she pretended to be Susan Trinder (Lilly), Susan from Lant Street successfully, then she would get the money, but only after she has married. But whom would she marry ? That is what i don´t understand. I know Mrs.Sucksby was the guardian of Susan Lilly and mother of Maud Sucksby and they would tell Maud is the one in the madhouse, so Mrs.Sucksby would have access to all the money of Marianne Lilly, but there was the second Marianne´s will, the one in which she bequathed her fortune to her own daughter (and the daughter should get the money after the daughter has married). But the real Susan wasn´t married. Did Mrs. Sucksby think of this and did she find a bridegroom for "Susan" (it would be Maud of course, who would pretend to be Susan Trinder/Lilly) already? I think the second will would be valid. So i don´t understand this part of the plan.
Could someone please explain to me in detail what exactly was the plan?

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