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|Chap 15: Meryton gossip
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/15/2013 9:23 p.m.)
Having grown up near a small town (population ~500), I am familiar with rumours spreading rather quickly, even before the invention of cellphones & texting. :-) I love this passage in Chapter 15 regarding Mrs Philips's source of information:
Mrs. Philips was always glad to see her nieces; and the two eldest, from their recent absence, were particularly welcome, and she was eagerly expressing her surprise at their sudden return home, which, as their own carriage had not fetched them, she should have known nothing about, if she had not happened to see Mr. Jones's shop-boy in the street, who had told her that they were not to send any more draughts to Netherfield because the Miss Bennets were come away
Of course, I suspect that Mrs Philips cultivated certain people just for their access to interesting information, and a shop boy could be just such a person.
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