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|The visits to London were in the spring
Written by Christopher
(10/7/2008 12:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Official closing of Parliment, and the London season, penned by Tarn
The presents do not appear to be birthday presents. There is no reference to them being for that purpose and there are several references in chapter one to the excursions to London as being in the spring. Here are the three that I found:
...and in one of their spring excursions to London, when Elizabeth was in her first bloom, Mr. Elliot had been forced into the introduction.
The following spring he was seen again in town, found equally agreeable...
He had given her some hints of it the last spring in town; he had gone so far even as to say, "Can we retrench? does it occur to you that there is any one article in which we can retrench?" and Elizabeth, to do her justice, had, in the first ardour of female alarm, set seriously to think what could be done, and had finally proposed these two branches of economy, to cut off some unnecessary charities, and to refrain from new furnishing the drawing-room; to which expedients she afterwards added the happy thought of their taking no present down to Anne, as had been the usual yearly custom.
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