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|Good points, Jo
Written by Line
(5/11/2007 8:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Only a short time in Hunsford?, penned by Jo Y
I can't believe that Lady Catherine would only have heard Mr. Collins preach a sermon twice in six-plus months! I realize that the Georgian and Victorian eras were *not* the same, but I know that later in the 19th century, it was considered de rigueur for the "squire's" family to attend church weekly, at least in part to set an example for the tenantry. Lady Catherine definitely seems to qualify as the local squire, and I think the church she would attend would be the one closest to home. Perhaps she was away during part of that time? But I don't think she would feel that Anne could do a lot of travelling.
Also, even if Lady C. is not as wonderfully hospitable as Mr. Collins says ;-), I do think she would invite him to dinner more than twice in six months!
Another thing: when Mr. Collins introduced himself to Darcy at Netherfield, it seems to me that they had not only never met before, but Darcy didn't know who Mr. Collins was. I think he might have at least heard of him if he'd been around for six months already. It's a puzzle...
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