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|The Colonel waited for half an hour
Written by KateL
(2/3/2004 8:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You're right, penned by Line
]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?
While Elizabeth is reading the letter, Col. F. is waiting in the parsonage to say goodbye to her. Since he's been very careful to let her know he has no serious intentions, it seems strange he would hang around so long to see her, perhaps raising speculation in other people.
My take is that Darcy told him something along the lines of "Miss Bennet has heard some lies from that scoundrel Wickham, and I could only refute them by telling her the true story of what happened to my sister. Don't worry, I'm sure her discretion can be relied on completely, but she may come to you this morning to ask for confirmation. Please try to see her today and tell her the truth if she asks."
Of course, this doesn't make it any easier for Elizabeth to bring up the subject, and in the end she doesn't speak to the Colonel.
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