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Written by Robbin
(10/5/2005 4:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She clearly jumps twice from the, penned by Kara M
Louisa clearly jumps twice from the Cobb in chapter 12, I have no dispute with that, “She was safely down, and instantly to shew her enjoyment, ran up the steps to be jumped down again.” However, I do not own that it is clear that any of the mentioned previous walks were on the Cobb—this has been my only dispute, “In all their walks he had had to jump her from the stiles; the sensation was delightful to her.” I am much more inclined to think that “all” their walks in which he “jumped her down” were at Uppercross and not the Cobb. I have several reasons for the idea that he has never jumped Louisa down from the Cobb before the walk when Louisa falls.
1. Before this particular trip to Lyme there were no opportunities for him to jump Louisa down from the Cobb. If Louisa and CW had each been to Lyme before, they could not have met for CW was at sea and Louisa just met him a month before shortly after he returned from the sea.
2. In Chapter 12 it says “In all their walks he had had to jump her from the stiles” in reference to all their previous walks and then “ran up the steps to be jumped down again” speaking of her second jump from the Cobb. It seems JA is describing two different places, fields in Uppercross and then the Cobb; otherwise, why say first “stiles” and then second “stairs.” If they were the same place would they not be described the same?
3. In Chapter 12, if Louisa has jumped from the Cobb before, why did not CW think the pavement too hard and the jar to great before? Has the pavement hardened overnight? It makes no sense for CW to suddenly think the pavement too hard if he did not do so before. It makes a lot of sense that he might think the pavement too hard compared to the fields of grass and dirt which would be on what she would have landed at Uppercross.
4. After they arrive in Lyme in Chapter 11, there are only two opportunities for Louisa to be with CW at the Cobb and be jumped down by him before she falls in Chapter 12.
----The first opportunity is in Chapter 11 during their only walk in Lyme the day they arrive. I would first say that reasons 2 & 3 above are enough, but I can add more. The whole party walks down to the beach where CW goes to Captain Harville’s house by an old pier and the rest of the party goes to the Cobb with the intention of meeting CW there later. By the time CW brings the Harville’s and Capt Benwick to meet everyone, Louisa is already on the Cobb and there is no need for CW to jump her down. CW is then busy introducing and facilitating conversation between his new friends from Uppercross and his old friends of the Navy and would have no time to be paying particular attention to Louisa. I also do not think Louisa would be doing something so “lively” and letting her skirts fly about in front of people just met, strangers actually or be rude enough to draw his attention away from his friends when he is sort of the bridge between these two parties in order to go back to the stairs and be jumped down. The whole party then goes to the Harville’s house and I do not think he stopped progress up the stairs to jump her down with so many other things going on. Upon leaving the Harville’s home and returning to the hotel, Louisa walks with Anne and not CW so he has no opportunity to jump her down then either.
----The second opportunity is during Chapter 12 when Louisa and CW take a solitary morning walk before breakfast. He could have jumped her down as they were going out on their walk but I do not think he did because I think reasons 2 & 3 above are enough. I cannot say here that he would have been too busy as they are alone. We know he did not jump her down when they are returning from the walk because they meet Anne and Henrietta and pass Mr. Elliot on the way to the shop for Louisa and after that to the hotel and eventually breakfast—after breakfast they go on the walk when Louisa falls.
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