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Written by Erica
(1/25/2004 2:13 p.m.)
In spite of having read P&P several times, there are a couple things in this chapter which have always puzzled me. First, on their first visit to Rosings, Maria Lucas is very nervous because she is "little used to company." She attended the Meryton assembly at the beginning of the novel, back in October/November; even if she had just come out at that time, by March shouldn't she have been used to being in company? I read it to mean she hadn't been in company very much prior to visiting Hunsford, perhaps JA meant she was still not used to it?
Also, upon approaching Rosings, Mr. Collins tells everyone what the window glazing originally cost Sir Lewis de Bourgh, Lady Catherine's late husband. Does this mean Rosings is a new house? I had always imagined the deBourgh's to be an old family. Perhaps Sir Lewis just replaced the windows?
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