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Written by Line
(5/21/2007 6:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Question about the Collinses at Hunsford, penned by Michaela
...there must have been "gentry" scattered around the larger neighbourhood, just as there were around Longbourn, but as JA said, the ones around Rosings were presumably considerably richer than the Collinses, so they couldn't afford to go to their parties because it would mean having to return the favour. Lady Catherine mentions the Miss Webbs and Lady Metcalfe in ch.29. I think the situation must have been different with Lady C. herself, perhaps because she's the one who gave Mr. Collins the living, because she doesn't seem to mind the one-sidedness of always entertaining the Collinses. I wouldn't mind knowing more about this, actually. What were the rules that governed this kind of social life? Were a clergyman and his wife considered the proteges of the local squire?
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