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|JA plotting carefully?
Written by Tracy W
(6/17/2007 4:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why an invitation to the Lake District?, penned by Adrian
If you think about it, it is an outrageous coincidence that Elizabeth would show up at Pemberley on the same day as Darcy comes home, in the same year as she has met Darcy at home and then again at Rosings.
But at least the first time I read P&P it seemed a bit surprising, but not the outrageous coincidence it is when looked at as a whole.
I think JA prepares her readers very carefully to accept the coincidence. We have initially the information that Mrs Gardiner lived in Lambton, near Pemberley, as she likes talking to Wickham about it. A bit of a coincidence, but not a shockong one. We have the invitation to a completely separate part of the country, which then is later changed to Derbyshire. Well, travel plans do change. And there's no mention of Pemberley at this stage. Then we have the visit to Pemberley, but Darcy's not going to be there, well since they're going to Lambton it makes sense that they'd visit Pemberley, that's all very natural. Then the housekeeper tells us that Darcy is expected at his home tomorrow, so that's natural, and then Darcy shows up. A surprise, but JA's presented the coincidences to us so slowly we merely consider it as Darcy coming home a day early.
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