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Written by Cathy Allen
(6/5/2007 5:45 p.m.)
and, in Mr. Darcy's conversation with Elizabeth:
“He acknowledged the truth of it all, and said that business with his steward had occasioned his coming forward a few hours before the rest of the party with whom he had been travelling. ‘They will join me early to-morrow," he continued, "and among them are some who will claim an acquaintance with you -- Mr. Bingley and his sisters.’”
Am I correct in assuming that this means there were more than the Bingleys and the Hursts in the party? We can't really discern anything more from the text at this point, I think. Would a gentleman have TRAVELLED with many more people than that? What a lot of trouble that would be, in that time! I know that house parties at the time were quite lavish, and included lots of guests, one of the reasons the houses were so large, I think, but actually travelling together? The logistics are kind of staggering!
Perhaps this is one of those JA things like the "24 families?"
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