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Written by Stephanie
(5/5/2010 10:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chamberlayne redux, penned by Kathleen Glancy
I had always thought it was a servant, because whoever it was was available for dressing-up prior to the officers' arrivals in a group some time later. The head butler might not have done it, you're right. A stately, dignified butler would not have done at all for Lydia's joke, anyway: she needed a younger man to dress in drag. There was surely more than one male servant around Colonel Forster's home.
Would a soldier want to appear in a gown in front of his own C.O.? Surely, being the one with the lamp-shade on your head was not the best way to get a superior officer's attention if you wanted a promotion!
Besides, I think it showcases Lydia's total disregard for decorum if some hapless servant was forced into this role, rather than it being a young, foolish soldier who liked the idea of the joke and went willingly. The story is better with Chamberlayne being a servant, to me.
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