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Written by Barbara
(3/30/2008 3:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think it might be a little harsh, penned by Russell
He can walk on his own, he can ride in a carriage. He goes over to Randalls to visit the Westons. He cannot bear to eat rich foods, but that shouldn't prevent him from going out to visit the Bates or Mr. Knightley or anyone who comes regularly to see him.
There is mention that he sometimes 'fancies himself' unequal to having company, but that doesn't mean he is truly ill.
Besides, the text says quite clearly in Ch. 3: "his horror of late hours and large dinner-parties made him unfit for any acquaintance, but such as would visit him on his own terms."
This is not speaking of any type of physical infirmity that prevents him from going out, but rather his own preference.
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