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|Ch.43: A little joke at Mrs. Gardiner's expense?
Written by Line
(5/10/2010 9:38 a.m.)
...as they were now approaching the scene of [Mrs. Gardiner's] former pleasures, every idea gave way to the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of anything else. Fatigued as she had been by the morning's walk, they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of an intercourse renewed after many years discontinuance."
I wonder if this is a small, friendly joke about Mrs. Gardiner. We were told earlier that Mrs. G. is *not* a great walker, and that walking around the grounds at Pemberley tired her out. However, as soon as she has a chance to socialize with old friends (something she *is* interested in!) she is refreshed and ready to go! (I'm reminded of somewhat similar friendly jokes about Lady Russell in "Persuasion".) What do you all think?
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