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|The cousin must be a lady.
Written by Graciela
(4/10/2013 10:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 3: rumours of gentlemen (and reality), penned by kathleen (elder)
I always thought that the cousin was a man, and that must have been the belief of the author of the Spanish version that I read, who translates "cousin" as "primo" (male cousin), but what Jane Austen says is:
A report soon followed, that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. The girls grieved over such a number of ladies, but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing that instead of twelve [that is, twelve ladies] he had brought only six with him from London -- his five sisters and a cousin [six ladies, five of which wouldn't represent danger for the Meryton and Longbourn girls].
(We aren't told what was the new report about the number of gentlemen; perhaps it was still seven or it had raised).
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