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Written by Lia
(10/3/2005 1:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Length of courtships, penned by Louise H
Perhaps Cheryl or a resident naval expert can tell us what the turnaround time was for a ship in port (assuming no major repairs need be done). Two weeks to reprovision? I suspect that would be your answer.
In chapter 12, when Harville tells Anne how CW told Benwick of Fanny's death, he says "The Laconia had come into Plymouth the week before...no danger of her being sent to sea again..." Then CW stayed with Benwick for a week. That's two weeks right there.
I guess the Crofts' courtship couldn't have been much longer than this.
What I like about the bit you quoted is Mrs. Croft's line, "I had known you by character, however, long before." Mrs. Croft is obviously a character we are to respect--this is what Anne might someday be like. Mrs. Croft is no Lydia Bennet, running off hoping to elope. Her behavior is not irrational or imprudently hasty.
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