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|Fanny was married in England, Linda was married in France
Written by Margaret C
(10/2/2013 2:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Reading "love in cold climate.", penned by Helen Kaye
Then there is the timing. Before Linda met Fabrice, she was completely absorbed by Tony, and Christian. When Linda met Fabrice (May'39)she was six weeks into her relationship with him before anyone had any idea of it at all, and while we know Fanny wrote once to her (about Christian returning to London) before Linda returned in April '40, the first time they meet in nearly a year appears to be a few weeks after Linda returns to Cheyene Walk.
I assume that Fanny got the details about their affair in the Autumn and winter of 1940, when they were all at Alconleigh because of the Blitz. It is entirely possible that she reminded Linda of her own first meeting with Fabrice a dozen years earlier, but that wasn't relevant to Linda's story. I don't think she would bring it up when Linda had been back less than a month and was expecting Fabrice to phone any minute and so furious with Fanny for not being him, that Fanny decided she had to come around in person. Fanny is a very closed person, a natural diplomat and a very good friend. Her actions then show she understands perfectly, and doesn't need to say anything.
Fanny might have told Linda about Fabrice (and the jewellery theft, and the Mrs Chaddesley Corbett) at the time, too. Lady Montadore notes Linda's engagement in the Times on Fanny's last day at Hampton Park, and Fanny goes to Alconleigh for hunting it would appear no more than a week later, with Polly visiting the Radletts during that time, too. But Linda is in blind pursuit of Tony Kroesig at the time. And maybe Fanny would be embarrassed to tell. Fabrice is someone else's fiance and not at all in love with Fanny (years later Linda might be very interested in this pre-Patricia fiance, who does not appear to be a perfect paragon, but just the same as all the rest. I'm not sure Fanny would consider sharing such information the act of a friend, though, given Linda is separated from him and wondering if they will ever get to live together again.)
But there is only a short window of time - Fanny meets Alfred at Hampton Park, by the time Linda and Tony marry, six months later, and the next time she speaks to Mrs Chaddesley Corbett about love, at Polly's coming out ball, she dismisses their earlier conversation as 'a joke'(although Mrs Chaddesley Corbett does put the question to her while she is dancing with Alfred).
Fabrice has no business appearing a dozen years too early in Pursuit of Love - he would spoil the symmetry of Linda's story.
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