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|Ch.28: Who is Alice?
Written by Line
(3/25/2009 10:23 a.m.)
You must write to me, Catherine,” she cried; “you must let me hear from you as soon as possible. Till I know you to be safe at home, I shall not have an hour’s comfort. For one letter, at all risks, all hazards, I must entreat. Let me have the satisfaction of knowing that you are safe at Fullerton, and have found your family well, and then, till I can ask for your correspondence as I ought to do, I will not expect more. Direct to me at Lord Longtown’s, and, I must ask it, under cover to Alice."
The footnote in the Norton Critical Edition says "Ehrenpreis suggests that Alice is Eleanor's maid servant."
Does that sound right to all of you? If Alice really *is* her personal servant, it seems to show that Eleanor has very little power in her own home, despite the splendid trappings (more shades of Eleanor being the actual Gothic heroine of NA, not Catherine)!
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