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Written by Line
(2/2/2004 9:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The letter, penned by Penelope
There was a recent thread either at the P&P board or the L&T board about correspondence between unmarried couples (sorry I couldn't find it for you). An unrelated couple definitely had to be engaged to write to each other. That's why Darcy has to wait in the park, hoping that Elizabeth will show up so he can give her his letter secretly, rather than going to the parsonage to deliver it. And no, Elizabeth can't, and Darcy wouldn't expect her to write back to him.
As for going to the Colonel for information, the ON says in ch. 36: At one time she had almost resolved on applying to him, but the idea was checked by the awkwardness of the application, and at length wholly banished by the conviction that Mr. Darcy would never have hazarded such a proposal, if he had not been well assured of his cousin's corroboration. Telling her she can go to his cousin for verification is all very well, but how is she going to ask the Colonel about this very private matter without revealing where she got her information, or why she wants to know?
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