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|Who at Hartsfield announced visitors??
Written by jeffrey
(1/27/2011 8:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, penned by Ramya
".....The backgammon-table was placed; but a visitor immediately afterwards walked in and made it unnecessary...."
Miss Austen at this point introduces Mr. Knightley into the story and he just walks in unannounced. Would not a gentleman, even one intimately connected with the Woodhouses, not wait for a servant to open the door and announce a caller?
Who was it, back then, that was responsible for tending the front door and announcing visitors?
Either Hartfield did not have such a servant or Mr. Knightley was expected/encouraged to just walk right in (!)
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