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Written by Barbara
(3/21/2004 11:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Caroline's marrying an American, penned by Anne Charlotte
I want to just start by saying that I have delieberately not read a word beyond this week's chapters, so this is speculation only. If I happen upon something that is really true, it is not a spoiiler, only a lucky guess!
I have had suspcions about Mr. Parrish since about the second page of the book. Something does not add up (and that is not a criticism--this is a mystery after all!)
Linda prefers that we only discuss to the end of Ch. 5 to begin, so I'll confine my speculation to that part.
Warning bells were set off for me not only because he is American but mostly because the wedding was to be so soon. I also think it rather odd that an owner of a large estate could be away from it for more than a year when he apparently has no pressing business in England, and also odd that he plans to sell it right away. It made me wonder whether the estate actually exists. Or, alternatively, whether it is heavily in debt and Mr. Parrish was fortune hunting.
Then, when we learned in Ch. 3 that he 'cried off' Miss Kendall, it made me more suspicious. Another heiress, supposedly, from about the same social level as Caroline. Was he looking for a wealthy young lady but trying not to set his sights too high up in society?
The way that Chatfield talks gives the impression that the social strata the Darcys occupy is rather insular in that everyone knows who everyone else is, who they are courting, their gambling debts, etc. Even the things they bet on at White's show this. The only way someone who was not what he appeared to be could gain entrance here would be if he were from somewhere like America. Who, except for Randolph, really knows anything about Mr. Parrish's past?
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