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|Elizabeth had scarcely time to disclaim all right to the complime
Written by Stephanie
(4/30/2010 10:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sounding her out about marriage, penned by Kathryn Ann
The sentence "You cannot have been always at Longbourn" seems to imply on the surface that Elizabeth was either not born there (counter to my assumptions that Mr. Bennett inherited prior to his marriage), or that she has traveled a lot. Neither option seems to have the implication "You really want to live far away from there, like in Derbyshire, right?" which everyone else seems to infer from this passage.
What idiom, or allusion am I missing? Or is it simply an awkward phrasing that, in context of Darcy's obvious retreat and our own later knowledge, we assume meant to Darcy that he had revealed some emotion, and Elizabeth was responding to his change of position and mien?
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