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Written by Art
(2/12/2004 1:42 a.m.)
1) "Elizabeth ... had expected to find in her [Georgiana] as acute and unembarrassed an observer as ever Mr. Darcy had been ..."
Interesting that Elizabeth would expect the Darcy siblings to be so alike, when her own siblings are so different.
2) "Bingley was also coming to wait on her"
Bingley didn't come with the Darcys? Why not?
3) In Jane's first letter to Elizabeth, she makes an interesting distinction between her parents: "Our poor mother" vs. "my father". From what I can recall of an earlier thread, I thought the proper way was to use "my" for both parents, even when speaking to a sibling. Yet here is Jane using the first person plural possessive for only one parent. What was the author's intent here?
4) "...sleeping one night on the road..."
5) Kitty says "I would behave better than Lydia". Does this mean she realizes that Lydia has behaved reprehensibly? I guess this surprised me because I had gotten the opposite impression from P&P2.
6) Mr. Gardiner's letter is dated Monday August 2 -- which could be in the year 1779, 1784, 1790, 1802, or 1813 (if we limit the selection to between Jane Austen's birth and the publication of P&P). I believe this is only the second time a weekday is associated with a date. But this is supposed to be in a year following one containing a Monday November 18 (from Mr. Collins' letter in chapter 13) -- and there is no such year in this time frame. Years with a Monday November 18 are 1793, 1799, 1805, and 1811.
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