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Written by Elbč
(4/13/2010 9:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's attitude, penned by Line
"I had much rather go in the coach."
"But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure. They are wanted in the farm, Mr. Bennett, are not they?"
"They are wanted in the farm much oftener than I can get them."
(From this remark, I gather that Mr Bennet often makes exception even when he feels he really needs the horses - so if Jane asserted her wish to use them she would most probably have pervailed?)
"But if you have got them to-day," said Elizabeth, "my mother's purpose will be answered.
(To me, Elizabeth was saying: "But if you insist on using the horses today, you would give Mother her way - and you don't like doing that, remember?" - almost as if she is coaxing Mr Bennet into letting Jane go in the carraige)
She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged:
i.e. she made sure there was no possibility the horses could not be spared...
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