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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/28/2004 2:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Prevailed Upon, penned by Penelope
I have always read "had a few minutes' conversation with Charlotte, but was scarcely ever prevailed on to get out" to mean that Charlotte would ask her to come into the parsonage, but Miss De Bourgh rarely did so.
I would re-write it thusly: Miss De Bourgh often stopped at the parsonage and talked for a bit with Charlotte, but Charlotte rarely was able to persuade her to come into the house.
I think it would be more like Charlotte to invite Miss De Bourgh in whenever the opportunity arose -- otherwise word might get back to Lady C that Charlotte was not as welcoming as she should be. :-)
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