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|Passing characters in P&P: Ch.43-52
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(5/15/2010 2:31 p.m.)
- Mrs. Reynolds: "We expect (Darcy) tomorrow, with a large party of friends."
(Keep in mind that the rumoured "large party" in ch.3 consisted of 19 people, 12 ladies and 7 gentlemen (though of course in that case the ladies and gentlemen were imaginary! ;-), and in ch.39, the "large party" at Longbourn must have contained at least 12 people - all the Bennets and most of the Lucases. Allowing for the six we know of in this party: Bingley, Caroline, Mr. and Mrs. Hurst, Georgiana and her companion, that still leaves at least six people unaccounted for, and IMO, Darcy as a single man would most likely be entertaining other men. Some have suggested that JA may have counted servants among the group, but I doubt it very much. IMO, a writer who excelled at invisible servants ;-) would not have counted them in her large party of *friends*.)
- "They had no sooner dined than (Mrs. Gardiner) set off again in quest of her former acquaintance" (plural, IMO, in Lambton).
- "They had been walking about the place with some of their new friends, and were just returned to the inn to dress themselves for dining with the same family, when the sound of a carriage drew them to a window."
- "Mr. Gardiner left them soon after breakfast. The fishing scheme had been renewed the day before, and a positive engagement made of his meeting *some* of the gentlemen at Pemberley by noon." (which implies some of them *didn't* go fishing - L.)
- "The beginning (of Jane's letter to Elizabeth) contained an account of all their little parties and engagements."
- John (the Gardiners' servant, confusing because the Collinses also have a servant named John!)
- "...there were notes to be written to *all* their friends in Lambton, with false excuses for their sudden departure."
- Pratt (The officer Lydia missed dancing with because of her elopement must be the same Pratt who failed to recognize "Miss" Chamberlayne back in ch.39. Not surprisingly, Lydia still seems to have been hanging out with the members of Col. Forster's militia.)
- Sally (Mrs. Forster's servant?)
- "*All Meryton* seemed striving to blacken the man who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light."
- Mr. Gardiner: "I have written to Colonel Forster to desire him to find out, if possible, from *some of the young man's intimates in the regiment*, whether Wickham has any relations or connexions who would be likely to know in what part of the town he has now concealed himself."
- the butler (at Longbourn)
Ch.49 + 50:
- Mr. Haggerston (Mr. Gardiner's lawyer / man of business)
- "Haye Park might do," said (Mrs. Bennet), "if the Gouldings would quit it -- or the great house at Stoke, if the drawing-room were larger; but Ashworth is too far off! I could not bear to have her ten miles from me; and as for Purvis Lodge, the attics are dreadful." (Even if the other houses are empty, we get the implication of other families who used to live there.)
- Lydia: "...we overtook William Goulding in his curricle"
- "(Lydia) longed to see Mrs. Phillips, the Lucasses, and *all their other neighbours*".
- Mrs. Hill and the two housemaids
- Mr. "Stone" (I have JulieW to thank for pointing out that "Mr. Stone" is probably Lydia's careless mishearing of Mr. Haggerston's name - Mr. Gardiner's man of business)
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