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|Well in Darcy's defence he does change during the letter
Written by Tracy W
(5/29/2007 6:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, General thoughts on the letter…, penned by Robbin
The ending is courtesy itself.
Unmarried, unrelated men and women could write to each other on business, for example there is a famous exchange of letters between JA and Mr Clarke (link below), which no one thought meant they were engaged. In the case of Darcy and Elizabeth, it comes across as more of a business letter than a love letter, but neither of them could let on what the topic of the letter was since that would mean letting on to the proposal and to Elizabeth's reply. So keeping the letter hidden is the only way to keep what has passed between them quiet.
|Jane Austen's correspondence with Mr Clarke|
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