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Written by Tarn
(4/24/2008 11:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It's not just Emma - They're all at it!, penned by Rachel G
not that I ever -- Mrs. Cole once whispered to me -- but I immediately said, 'No, Mr. Elton is a most worthy young man -- but' -- In short, I do not think I am particularly quick at those sort of discoveries. (Miss Bates, ch 21)
Mrs Cole is a determined gossip - jotting a letter to Miss Bates as soon as she hears of Mr Elton's betrothal, spreading the news of Jane Fairfax's piano. I suspect she might have put her husband up to asking Mr Knightley about Jane Fairfax, and, in her dinners for the single men, it would not surprise me if she was planning matches -possibly even matching up William Cox with Miss Gilbert that very night.
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