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|According to Shapard's annotation ...
Written by Christopher
(10/3/2011 3:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Black ribbons, penned by Cheryl
"The ribbons worn by Elizabeth represent a bare minimum: full mourning for women included black gowns as well as other articles, and such mourning was often adopted for people no closer than cousins."
He goes on to speculate, "the limited mourning adopted here suggests the estrangement of Sir Walter and his children from Mr. Elliot."
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