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Written by Michele S.
(3/21/2004 10:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Suspicions, penned by Barbara
] 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!
Same here (I've been a very good girl and not read ahead, which is rare) - only I'm more hesitant to post my speculation for fear of being waaaaaay off base than fear that I might be correct. ;)
] 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.
I hadn't questioned the existence of the estate - but the idea of debt is, I think, highly likely. Also, while Mr. Parrish's extended presence in England seems odd - he and Randolph both being in residence for so long seems even more suspicious.
] 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?
A young lady, at that, with twice the fortune and potential for more to come. Also - I wonder if Caroline has, in the past, made her "intentions" toward Darcy as obvious in London as she has elsewhere. If so, I'm sure the London gossips would have bandied her disappointment about once news of his marriage was public. So....I just wonder if Parrish perhaps knew of Caroline's present vulnerability. I have further speculation here, but it'll have to wait a few chapters since it didn't materialize until well past chapter 5.
] 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?
This is a good point - the two men vouch for each other, but what do we really know of either of them? Only what they've told us.
The poor men! If they both turn out to be perfectly upright, honest gentlemen, they have Mr. Wickham to blame for our suspicions. They're both far too pleasant and likeable for any of us to trust them. ;)
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