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Written by Robbin
(10/17/2006 11:57 a.m.)
I am sure I do not know how it came into Mrs. Jennings’ head either, LOL! Nancy is not a conjurer but Mrs. Jennings may well be. I think it is so funny how much information Mrs. Jennings gets out of good observant Mr. Donavan—she must have questioned him very closely (an expert at wheedling we all know) or cast a truth spell on him for the amount of detail she tells Elinor. Fanny is at her carpet-work, John is in his own dressing room, thinking about writing a letter to his steward in the country, Lucy is blind-sided and Anne is just sort of blundering about. The hysterics of Fanny, the scolding of Lucy, Lucy having a fainting fit, Nancy falling to her knees crying bitterly and John walking about the room not knowing what to do—no surprise there—and Fanny evicting them that moment causing John to go on his knees to beg Fanny that Lucy and Nancy be able to pack their things before they are thrown out—it creates a fabulous picture. I cannot believe that John begs for the sake of Lucy and Nancy and I have two potential reasons. First, it could be that he fears, because he would probably do it, Mrs. Jennings will send his sisters back to him in retaliation for their treatment of her cousins. John would know that this would cause a great deal of distress to Fanny, more than likely sending her into hysterics again at the thought of putting them up in her house or sending them home at the expense of little Harry! Second, it could also be that he does not want to loose his wealthy new acquaintances—Mrs. Jennings and Sir John but to me that is not nearly as funny as the first—I guess it is actually probably both. (;D)
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