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|but a visitor immediately after[ the servant] walked in
Written by Stephanie
(1/27/2011 9:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Who at Hartsfield announced visitors??, penned by jeffrey
In other Austen novels, servants are taken to be background -- just as one imagines a floor and walls when only the furniture is described to a room, I guessed that a comfortably rich household would have housekeepers and under grooms, and gardeners, and all the things that are not mentioned in Emma's intro. Likewise, I thought Mr. Knightley walking in, meant having a servant announce him as the door was opened. But I will be interested in other musings and solutions, now that Pemberlians have brought up the topic!
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