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Written by gianni
(5/15/2010 10:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What did "everyone" actually know about W.?, penned by Kathi
Second, the gossips would have been reluctant to voice mere suspicion based on his and the girls' behavior, until it was publicly known that at least one girl (especially one of the leading girls of the neighborhood) had succumbed. Once the affair was out, the gossip, both true and false, would have snowballed.
Finally (ch. 48), Elizabeth, though she did not credit above half of what was said, believed enough to make her former assurance of her sister's ruin more certain; and even Jane, who believed still less of it, became almost hopeless...
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