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|Facts & Speculations (very long)
Written by Luc
(6/28/2004 1:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What exactly went on with Maria and HC, penned by JennyAllan
(Chapter 43, Miss Crawford's letter.)
(Chapter 44, Edmund's letter describing what he saw at Mrs Fraser's party.)
(Chapter 45, Mary's letter, received around the end of April, when Henry C returns from Richmond.)
“it was with infinite concern the newspaper had to announce to the world a matrimonial fracas in the family of Mr. R. of Wimpole Street; the beautiful Mrs. R., ... having quitted her husband’s roof in company with the well–known and captivating Mr. C., the intimate friend and associate of Mr. R. ...” [From the newspaper]
(Fanny's/ON's summary, Chapter 47)
Sir Thomas was preparing to act upon this letter ... when it was followed by another, sent express from the same friend ... Mrs. Rushworth had left her husband’s house: Mr. Rushworth had been in great anger and distress to him (Mr. Harding) for his advice; Mr. Harding feared there had been at least very flagrant indiscretion. The maidservant of Mrs. Rushworth, senior, threatened alarmingly. He was doing all in his power to quiet everything, with the hope of Mrs. Rushworth’s return, but was so much counteracted in Wimpole Street by the influence of Mr. Rushworth’s mother, that the worst consequences might be apprehended.
... Sir Thomas set off, Edmund would go with him, and the others had been left in a state of wretchedness, inferior only to what followed the receipt of the next letters from London. Everything was by that time public beyond a hope. The servant of Mrs. Rushworth, the mother, had exposure in her power, and supported by her mistress, was not to be silenced. The two ladies, even in the short time they had been together, had disagreed; and the bitterness of the elder against her daughter–in–law might perhaps arise almost as much from the personal disrespect with which she had herself been treated as from sensibility for her son.
... But had [Maria] been less obstinate, or of less weight with her son, who was always guided by the last speaker, by the person who could get hold of and shut him up, the case would still have been hopeless, for Mrs. Rushworth did not appear again, and there was every reason to conclude her to be concealed somewhere with Mr. Crawford, who had quitted his uncle’s house, as for a journey, on the very day of her absenting herself."
Here is my version of What Happened based on the above chapters:
1) The party: HC was pressed to attend the party on 14th of April, where HC met the resentful and cold Maria.
2) The aftermath of the party: Not being able to bear to be thrown off, HC "began the attack, and by animated perseverance had soon re–established the sort of familiar intercourse, of gallantry, of flirtation". This takes place in London, I suppose, because at this time, Maria would still have Mr Rushworth and other people around her side.
3) Holidays: From the very first sentence of the Chapter 47 quote, we see that Maria finally seized the opportunity to be quite alone with HC around Easter for a few days while Mr R was not there. How intimate they have become can only be speculated; on the other hand, though it was a matter of a few days, closer reading seems to suggest that their intimacy have gone further than mere flirtation, the mention of the Twickenham family's flexible morals. Besides, there is always the Twickenham house the Admiral owned, as mentioned by Jenny Allan.
4) Holiday's over:
5. A few days (or less than a week) after the return to Wimpole street:
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