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|Meaning of "There were but few who could be so classed"
Written by Tom P2
(9/23/2006 4:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Dashwoods' neighbours, penned by Barbara
"So classed" in the sense of "thus defined", i.e. beyond the distance of a walk.
"But" in the sense of "except" (very common usage by Dickens, btw) rather than "merely", i.e. all except a few are too far away.
I take "not all of them that were attainable" to mean that some of the people within walking distance couldn't be visited. Then JA goes on to give a specific example, the lady at Allenham who's too much of an invalid.
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