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|No, Elizabeth did not help her mother
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/11/2004 4:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Please I need your help here, penned by Nasima
What the passage means (IMO) is that Elizabeth finally got her father to admit that the horses were engaged so Jane had to ride and not take the carriage. Is the word "extort" bothering you? I think the usage here is something like: "to get in a difficult manner." It took some work and/or time for Elizabeth to get her father to actually say that the carriage horses were being used on the farm.
Elizabeth did not want Jane to ride in the rain, because Jane might get wet. I wonder if Elizabeth also did not like Mrs Bennet's scheming to get Jane to stay over at Netherfield -- Eliabeth might feel that such scheming was beneath them all, and would make them appear as husband-hunters.
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