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Written by Julianne E.
(2/15/2004 3:24 p.m.)
1. Lydia mentions how horrid the Gardiners were to her when she stayed with them before her wedding, and adds, "...not a party or scheme or anything..." What is a scheme? Does it just mean a plan to go out, or something more specific to the time period?
2. Is it necessary for Lady Catherine to ask to be introduced to Elizabeth's mother, or should Elizabeth have just made the introduction without prompting? It seems to me that Elizabeth was in the wrong here, but perhaps etiquette dictates that Lady Catherine must ask for the introduction first?
3. Is it appropriate for Mr. Bennet to retire to his library every evening when there are guests (and gentlemen!) in the house? For example, he left his family plus Bingley and Darcy to go to the library in Vol. 3 Ch. 17, and Darcy had to go to the library to ask for Elizabeth's hand. I guess this made it easier for Darcy in this case, but he seems to leave each evening.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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