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|I think Caroline was lying
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/2/2004 9:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The missing letters, penned by Jo Y
I don't think that Jane's letter was lost -- I believe that Caroline was lying about it as an excuse for not continuing the correspondence. Certainly Darcy would not tamper with the mail; there would be no reason for it. He already knew that Miss Bingley & Mrs Hurst didn't want their brother to marry Jane, so Jane's letter wouldn't be a problem.
Bingley was staying with Darcy, though, not with the Hursts. That was the reason that Jane had hoped that she would be able to visit Caroline, since Bingley himself wouldn't be staying there.
That's why I speculated that Darcy might have been employed in making sure that Bingley wasn't in the way when Jane visited. I had forgotten that Jane's visit was a surprise, so that might mean that Darcy had to invent reasons for Bingley not to visit the Hursts' home each day until Jane paid her visit. Perhaps those were the arts he employed.
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