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|Timing a proposal in JA's era.
Written by Adrian
(3/20/2009 8:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I keep wondering..., penned by Karen G.
Notice in P&P that Darcy proposes the day before he is set to leave Rosings, the same day that Col. Fitzwilliam makes clear to Lizzy that one in his financial position could not afford to propose to someone in her financial position. Consider also the awkwardness Mr. Collins gives the family by not quitting the Bennets' after his abortive proposal.
So the likely time for Henry to propose would be just before the family departed Bath--but Catherine was to accompany them to Northanger. Therefore, the next opportunity (unless Henry wished to shortened Catherine's visit with his sister by making her uncomfortable) would be to propose just before she was due to leave Northanger; we shall have to see whether that happens.
Of course Henry is unlikely to propose before he thinks he has his father's approval; clearly the approval seems to be present by the time Catherine invades Milsom Street to explain Thorpe's vicarious retraction of her agreement to walk with Eleanor.
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