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|Mostly agree but re: Bingley's visit.....
Written by BarbaraB
(5/6/2013 11:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane, penned by bridget d
I believe form would require Bingley to make a duty call which imo is why Jane's presence must be remain a secret if they are to be kept separated. I was remembering a similar occurrence in Emma when Frank Churchill first arrived and needed to make a duty call to Jane Fairfax and did not know the Bates ladies:
"As you are going farther on business, sir, I will take the opportunity of paying a visit, which must be paid some day or other, and therefore may as well be paid now. I have the honour of being acquainted with a neighbour of yours, (turning to Emma,) a lady residing in or near Highbury; a family of the name of Fairfax. I shall have no difficulty, I suppose, in finding the house; though Fairfax, I believe, is not the proper name -- I should rather say Barnes, or Bates. Do you know any family of that name?"
"To be sure we do," cried his father; "Mrs. Bates -- we passed her house -- I saw Miss Bates at the window. True, true, you are acquainted with Miss Fairfax; I remember you knew her at Weymouth, and a fine girl she is. Call upon her, by all means."
"There is no necessity for my calling this morning," said the young man; "another day would do as well; but there was that degree of acquaintance at Weymouth which -- "
"Oh! go to-day, go to-day. Do not defer it. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. And, besides, I must give you a hint, Frank; any want of attention to her here should be carefully avoided. You saw her with the Campbells when she was the equal of every body she mixed with, but here she is with a poor old grandmother, who has barely enough to live on. If you do not call early it will be a slight."
The son looked convinced. [Smirk] :)
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