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|Some more explanations needed
Written by Art
(2/1/2004 1:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A few things that don't make sense..., penned by Kristen G.
Was an appearance at St. James's standard procedure following the inheritance of an estate? Or is Sir William merely dreaming? (By the way, can you imagine COLLINS meeting the Prince Regent? It boggles the mind!)
2) Chapter 25: "...though Wickham had been little there since the death of Darcy's father, five years before, it was yet in his power to give her fresher intelligence of her former friends than she had been in the way of procuring."
Are we to understand that Mrs. Gardiner never corresponded with her "former friends" in Derbyshire, if Wickham's 5-year-old info is news for her? Perhaps this is why they are former friends?
3) Chapter 31: "You mean to frighten me, Mr. Darcy, by coming in all this state to hear me?"
I don't understand the phrase "in all this state"; could someone translate this into 21st-century language?
4) Chapter 32: "I should not be surprised," said Darcy, "if he were to give it up as soon as any eligible purchase offers."
If Bingley is leasing Netherfield Park ("Netherfield Park is let at last"), it seems odd to me that he needs a purchase offer, not just another tenant, before he can quit the lease. Am I not understanding something about Regency-era estate leases?
5) Chapter 33: "Mr. Collins could not conceal his apprehension of Lady Catherine's being rather displeased by her staying at home".
But she stayed away on other occasions, seemingly without objection. From chapter 30:
"Her favourite walk, and where she frequently went while the others were calling on Lady Catherine..."
So she was frequently absent from Lady Catherine's visiting parties. Is Collins just showing off his inner ninny again?
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