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|Mr Gardiner; a possibility...
Written by Mandy N
(1/27/2004 10:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Gardiner -a puzzle, penned by JulieW
I get the impression Mr Gardiner did not care much to practise law. The description of him in Ch.25 is of an intelligent man who benefitted from his eduction and wanted to advance on his own basis in the world. He has business sense and if he's eneregtic like his niece, and resourceful- trade may've been the best outlet for his energies. We are told 'The Netherfield ladies would have difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well bred and agreeable.' Ch.7 mentions 'a respectable line of trade'. For some reason, Mr Gardiner's owning warehouses and in 'a respectable line of trade' with even the Bingley sisters finding him well-bred, I wonder if he was engaged in the wine trade which was considered quite genteel. It also sounds like he is not overawed by er,superior company either... But what about that 'uncles in Cheapside' joke? Did Cheapside have mixed businesses?
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