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|After being widowed, she was presumably in...
Written by Delories
(10/9/2008 9:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't understand what you mean, penned by Anna Ruby
...a less comfortable economic situation. She went to stay with her father and latched on to the Elliots and off to Bath (dumping her kids behind). Scheming to marry Sir Walter could be part of it -- we have no evidence as yet in the novel -- but it's safe to say, and this is what Lady Russell knows, that Mrs Clay is going to keep her seat on the gravy train by flattering them and enabling their vanity and joining them in slighting Anne.
Much better for Mrs Clay to sponge off the Elliots (who, despite retrenching, are better off than she is) in Bath than go back to her father's house.
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