Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|This sounds very plausible
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/1/2004 9:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Visits to Rosings, penned by Chandra S
] It sounded to me like the syncophant Collins felt it necessary to call daily without an invitation (which wasn't as bad a thing then as it is now, of course), and Charlotte went with him for reasons of her own.
I think you have explained the regular visits quite well. We also learn that Mr Collins keeps her Ladyship informed about the neighbourhood -- who is needy, which neighbours are quarreling, etc. -- so that might be another reason for his daily visits.
As for calling without an invitation, I do not believe it was considered rude. Likewise, if the person being called on did not want guests, she/he could simply leave word that they were not receiving guests that day. Since most of us today do not have servants answering the door for us, there is no equivalent way of saying we are "not in" -- but we would probably expect visitors to telephone ahead in most cases as well.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.