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Written by Susan L
(10/14/2008 8:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Was that specifically stated?, penned by CarolTS
The most illuminating description of their relationship (from the first 5 chapters of the novel) seems to be from Lady Russell when she refers to the role of Mrs Clay in going with Sir Walter and Elizabeth to Bath "... as a most important and valuable assistant to the latter in all the business before her."
I don't actually know what is might by business, but theorise that Lady Rusell's reference to business included things of the nature of social activities (eg setting up evening card parties).
I also wonder the extent to which she wanted to downplay Mrs Clay's involvement with the family given her disapproval of Mrs Clay.
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