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|Ah; a reason why the letter would be addressed to Alice
Written by Cathy Allen
(3/26/2009 12:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chalk up another believer here!, penned by Line
This is a GOOD reason, in my opinion, why Catherine's letter to Eleanor could be addressed to Alice. I had trouble with understanding how THAT would help, if Alice were only Eleanor's maid, and Eleanor was not AT Lord L's house. I thought that if Alice had been the daughter of the house, it would be a reason why Eleanor COULD receive a letter there. But, if Eleanor had actually travelled there, it is reasonable that her maid could receive mail there.
I feel sure that the visit was not planned in advance, but I think you've made a good case that it DID actually happen. Good point, Line, thanks!
P.S. I disagree with you that "people cared much more about 'keeping up appearances' in those days than IMO we do now." We have so many more facilities (i.e., movies, TV and the Internet) for appearances to MATTER now, than they did then, that I think appearances matter much more now...
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