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Written by Robbin
(10/25/2005 1:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Elliot hypocrisy, penned by Cheryl
“Elizabeth was, for a short time, suffering a good deal. She felt that Mrs. Musgrove and all her party ought to be asked to dine with them; but she could not bear to have the difference of style, the reduction of servants, which a dinner must betray, witnessed by those who had been always so inferior to the Elliots of Kellynch. It was a struggle between propriety and vanity; but vanity got the better, and then Elizabeth was happy again. These were her internal persuasions: "Old-fashioned notions; country hospitality; we do not profess to give dinners; few people in Bath do; Lady Alicia never does; did not even ask her own sister's family, though they were here a month; and I dare say it would be very inconvenient to Mrs. Musgrove; put her quite out of her way. I am sure she would rather not come; she cannot feel easy with us. I will ask them all for an evening; that will be much better; that will be a novelty and a treat. They have not seen two such drawing-rooms before. They will be delighted to come to-morrow evening. It shall be a regular party, small, but most elegant.” (Chapter 22)
I love the way Elizabeth is able to talk herself out of doing the right thing, even going so far to believe she is doing a favor because it would be inconvenient to Mrs. Musgrove to be invited to dinner—I dare say that Elizabeth may be right but not in the way she thinks. The best though are those drawing rooms—they must be quite amazing! lol
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