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|Ch.20: My dear Miss Lucas?
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(5/14/2007 6:34 p.m.)
No sooner had they entered the breakfast-room, where Mrs. Bennet was alone, than she likewise began on the subject, calling on Miss Lucas for her compassion, and entreating her to persuade her friend Lizzy to comply with the wishes of all her family. "Pray do, my dear Miss Lucas," she added in a melancholy tone, "for nobody is on my side, nobody takes part with me; I am cruelly used, nobody feels for my poor nerves."
I was just wondering why Mrs. Bennet calls Charlotte "my dear Miss Lucas" instead of "my dear Charlotte". Was it just the formality of the times that anyone over a certain age was addressed as Mr., Mrs. or Miss unless they gave express permission for someone to call them by their first name(even someone as well known to Mrs. Bennet as Charlotte Lucas)?
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