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Written by Penelope
(1/28/2004 2:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Invite..., penned by DeborahAnn
'From the drawing-room they could distinguish nothing in the lane, and were indebted to Mr. Collins for the knowledge of what carriages went along, and how often especially Miss De Bourgh drove by in her phaeton, which he never failed coming to inform them of, though it happened almost every day. She not unfrequently stopped at the Parsonage, and had a few minutes' conversation with Charlotte, but was scarcely ever prevailed on to get out.'
The 'scarcely ever prevailed on to get out' suggests that she was rarely asked in - though it might have appeared that Charlotte would not want to inconvenience Anne by inviting her in, I feel it also hints that she didn't invite her because she wasn't interested in her company :) . It's a lovely subtle phrase.
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