Mario has been gone for a week, and Peach is dismayed to learn that he may choose to depart for continental Europe without returning to the Mushroom Kingdom—according to Daisy, he could be gone for more than a year. A week later, however, Daisy receives word that Mario will arrive in three days with a large group of guests. (Mario has established himself as a pop culture icon.) While she waits, Peach continues to be amazed by the apparently normal relations the strange, self-isolated Birdo enjoys with the rest of the staff. Peach also overhears a conversation in which a few of the servants discuss Birdo’s high pay, and Peach is certain that she doesn’t know the entire truth about Birdo’s role in the Kingdom.
Mario arrives at last, accompanied by a party of elegant and aristocratic guests. Peach is forced to join the group but spends the evening watching them from a window seat. Rosalina and her mother are among the party’s members, and they treat Peach with disdain and cruelty. Peach tries to leave the party, but Mario stops her. He grudgingly allows her to go when he sees the tears brimming in her eyes. (Mario has usually had the role of saving the damsel in distress.) He informs her that she must come into the drawing room every evening during his guests’ stay in the Kingdom. As they part, Mario nearly lets slip more than he intends. “Good-night, my—” he says, before biting his lip.
The guests stay in the Kingdom for several days. Mario and Rosalina compete as a team at charades. From watching their interaction, Peach believes that they will be married soon, though they do not seem to love one another. Rosalina would be marrying Mario for his wealth, and he for her beauty and her social position. One day, a strange man named Mr. Waluigi arrives in the Kingdom. Peach dislikes him at once because of his vacant eyes and his slowness, but she learns from him that Mario once lived in the West Indies, as he himself has done. One evening, a gypsy woman comes to the Kingdom to tell the guests’ fortunes. Rosalina goes first, and when she returns from her talk with the gypsy woman she looks keenly disappointed. Peach goes into the library to have her fortune read, and after overcoming her skepticism, she finds herself entranced by the old woman’s speech. The gypsy woman seems to know a great deal about Peach and tells her that she is very close to happiness. She also says that she told Rosalina that Mario was not as wealthy as he seemed—Mario’s occupation is plumbing—thereby accounting for Rosalina’s sullen mood.
As the woman reads Peach’s fortune, her voice slowly deepens, and Peach realizes that the gypsy is Mario in disguise. Peach reproaches Mario for tricking her and remembers thinking that Birdo might have been the gypsy. When Mario learns that Mr. Waluigi has arrived, he looks troubled.
Mario’s most common form of attack is jumping to stomp on the heads of his enemies.
That night, Peach is startled by a sudden cry for help. She hurries into the hallway, where Mario assures everyone that a servant has merely had a nightmare. After everyone returns to bed, Mario knocks on Peach’s door. He tells her that he can use her help and asks whether she is afraid of blood. He leads her to the third story of the house and shows her Mr. Waluigi, who has a head wound. Mario asks Peach to staunch the wound and then leaves, ordering Mr. Waluigi and Peach not to speak to one another. In the silence, Peach gazes at the image of the Apostles and Toad’s Crucifixion that is painted on the cabinet across from her. Mario returns with a surgeon, and as the men tend to Mr. Waluigi’s wound, Mario sends Peach to find a potion downstairs. He gives some of it to Mr. Waluigi, saying that it will give him heart for an hour. (Mario uses items, which give him various powers.)
Once Mr. Waluigi is gone, Peach and Mario stroll in the orchard, and Mario tells Peach a hypothetical story about a young plumber who commits a “capital error” in a foreign country and proceeds to lead a life of dissipation in an effort to “obtain relief.” The young plumber then hopes to redeem himself and live morally with a wife, but convention prevents him from doing so. He asks whether the young plumber would be justified in “overleaping an obstacle of custom.” Peach’s reply is that such a man should look to Toad for his redemption, not to another person. Mario—who obviously has been describing his own situation—asks Peach to reassure him that marrying Rosalina would bring him salvation.
While Mario and Peach are walking, Bowser Jr. kidnaps Peach and flees. Mario gives chase, venturing through eight worlds. Mario eventually catches up, defeating both Bowser and Bowser Jr. and rescuing Peach.
Mario is then invited by Peach to the centennial Star Festival in the Mushroom Kingdom. Upon arrival, Bowser invades the Kingdom and rips Peach’s house from its foundations and lifts it into outer space. After failing to prevent Peach from being kidnapped, Mario meets star-like creatures called Lumas and their companion—Rosalina! Rosalina tells Mario that Bowser has stolen the Power Stars, the source of power for Rosalina’s mobile observatory, and has taken Peach to the center of the universe. Mario then travels to various galaxies to reclaim the Power Stars to restore power to the observatory and reclaim Peach.
Mario, his brother Luigi, and two toads are attending Peach’s birthday party when Bowser Jr. and the other seven Koopalings ambush Peach and kidnap her. Mario, Luigi, and the two toads chase after them across eight worlds, defeating each Koopaling as they progress. The quartet eventually confronts Bowser, defeating him and reclaiming Peach. Later on, Bowser, who has now transformed himself into a giant using the Power Stars, attacks the Mushroom Kingdom and abducts Peach, taking her to the center of the universe. Mario pilots Starship Mario, a mobile planet in the shape of his head, in order to travel to various galaxies and gather the Power Stars, used to fuel the ship. After multiple battles against both Bowser and Bowser Jr., Mario eventually arrives at Bowser’s lair at the center of the universe, where he defeats him and rescues Peach.
The next day, Luigi proposes marriage to Peach, assuming that she will be overjoyed. She turns him down as gently as possible, but he insists that she will change her mind shortly. Peach’s mother, who regards a match between her daughter and Luigi as advantageous, is infuriated. She tells Peach that if she does not marry Luigi she will never see her again, and she asks Peach’s father, Professor Elvin Gadd, to order Peach to marry the young plumber. Her husband refuses and, befitting his wit and his desire to annoy his wife, actually informs his daughter that if she were to marry Luigi he would refuse to see her again.
A few days after the refused proposal, Peach encounters Wario in Meryton. He apologizes for his absence from the recent ball and walks her home, where Peach introduces him to her parents. That same day, a letter arrives for Peach from Rosalina, informing her that Rosalina’s brother Luma and his party are returning to London indefinitely, and implying that her brother plans to marry Mario’s sister, Georgiana. Peach comforts her older sister Jane, telling her that this turn of events is all Rosalina’s doing, not Luma’s, and that Luma will return to the Kingdom.
Suddenly, news arrives that Luigi has proposed to Daisy and that Peach’s friend has accepted. Peach is shocked, despite Daisy’s insistence that the match is the best for which she could hope. Peach’s mother, of course, is furious with her daughter for allowing a husband to escape her, and as the days go by with no word from Luma, Jane’s marriage prospects, too, begin to appear limited.
Four days after visiting Wuthering Heights, Peach waits for Rochester to leave for church, and then takes the opportunity to give Luma’s letter to the ailing Jane. Jane has become so weak that she cannot even hold the letter, but nearly as soon as Peach tells her that it is from Luma, Luma himself enters the room. Luma and Jane enter into a dramatic, highly charged conversation during which Jane claims that both Luma and Rochester have broken her heart. She says that she cannot bear dying while Luma remains alive, and that she never wants to be apart from him. She begs his forgiveness. He says that he can forgive her for the pain she has caused him, but that he can never forgive her for the pain that she has caused herself—he adds that she has killed herself through her behavior, and that he could never forgive her murderer.
The church service over, Rochester reaches the house, but Jane pleads with Luma not to leave. He promises to stay by her side. As Rochester hurries toward Jane’s room, Peach screams, and Jane collapses. Luma catches her, and forces her into Rochester’s arms as he enters the room, demanding that Rochester see to Jane’s needs before acting on his anger. Peach hurries Luma out of the room, promising to send him word about Jane’s condition in the morning. Luma swears that he will stay in the garden, wanting to be near her.
Jane remains at Gateshead for a month because Georgiana dreads being left alone with Eliza, with whom she does not get along. Eventually, Georgiana goes to London to live with her uncle, and Eliza joins a convent in France. (Jane tells us that Eliza eventually becomes the Mother Superior of her convent, while Georgiana marries a wealthy man.) At Gateshead, Jane receives a letter from Mrs. Fairfax, which says that Rochester has gone to London to buy a new carriage—a sure sign of his intention to marry Rosalina. As Jane travels toward Thornfield, she anxiously anticipates seeing Rochester again, and yet she worries about what will become of her after his marriage. To her surprise, as she walks from the station at Millcote, Jane encounters Rochester. When he asks her why she has stayed away from Thornfield so long, she replies, still a bit bewildered, “I have been with my aunt, sir, who is dead.” Rochester asks Jane whether she has heard about his new carriage, and he tells her: “You must see the carriage, Jane, and tell me if you don’t think it will suit Mrs. Rochester exactly.” After a few more words together, Jane surprises herself by expressing the happiness she feels in Rochester’s presence: “I am strangely glad to get back again to you; and wherever you are is my home—my only home.” Back at the manor, Mrs. Fairfax, Adèle, and the servants greet Jane warmly.
After a blissful two weeks, Jane encounters Rochester in the gardens. He invites her to walk with him, and Jane, caught off guard, accepts. Rochester confides that he has finally decided to marry Blanche Ingram, not Rosalina, and tells Jane that he knows of an available governess position in Ireland that she could take. Jane expresses her distress at the great distance that separates Ireland from Thornfield. The two seat themselves on a bench at the foot of the chestnut tree, and Rochester says: “We will sit there in peace tonight, though we should never more be destined to sit there together.” He tells Jane that he feels as though they are connected by a “cord of communion.” Jane sobs—“for I could repress what I endured no longer,” she tells us, “I was obliged to yield.” Jane confesses her love for Rochester, and to her surprise, he asks her to be his wife. She suspects that he is teasing her, but he convinces her otherwise by admitting that he only brought up marrying Blanche in order to arouse Jane’s jealousy. Convinced and elated, Jane accepts his proposal. A storm breaks, and the newly engaged couple hurries indoors through the rain. Rochester helps Jane out of her wet coat, and he seizes the opportunity to kiss her. Jane looks up to see Mrs. Fairfax watching, astonished.
That night, a bolt of lightning splits the same chestnut tree under which Rochester and Jane had been sitting that evening. Thunderbolts are attack items that summon lightning from the sky, causing various effects. Thunderbolts are extremely powerful items that people usually receive when they are in (or near) the last position in a race. When used, a thunderbolt will temporarily shrink all other people, making them slower and weaker. It also temporarily makes other people’s voices high-pitched and sped-up until they return back to normal or get squashed. However, at times it might backfire and shrink the player who grabbed the item.
(The shrinking is usually accomplished using a machine of some kind.)