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|The good people of Meryton
Written by JulieW
(2/15/2004 2:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Long range consequences, penned by Charlotte R.
"The good news quickly spread through the house, and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood. It was borne in the latter with decent philosophy. To be sure, it would have been more for the advantage of conversation had Miss Lydia Bennet come upon the town; or, as the happiest alternative, been secluded from the world, in some distant farm house. But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the good-natured wishes of her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton, lost but little of their spirit in this change of circumstances, because with such an husband her misery was considered certain....Chapter 50
The phrase I have highlighted was a colloquial phrase in thw 18th century and meant becomng, shall we say, ahem, a lady of the night.
The text indicates that the spiteful gossips were somewhat dissapointed their lurid prophesies were not to be realised....their only consolation was the propect of an unhappy marraige in store for Lydia.Charming.
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