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Written by Barbara
(9/14/2009 2:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Where did things start to go wrong?, penned by Karen G
At the dinner following the missed outing to Whitwell and Mrs. Jennings 'Mr. Impudence' speech, we read: "...in [Mrs. Jennings'] resolution to know where they had been, she had actually made her own woman enquire of Mr. Willoughby's groom, and that she had by that method been informed that they had gone to Allenham, and spent a considerable time there in walking about the garden and going all over the house."
We know Mrs. Jennings is nosy and a gossip, but so far it appears to involve asking numerous and often tactless questions--not actual spying. Marianne and Willoughby do try to deflect her questions, but before they did that, she had actually enlisted the aid of a servant of hers and of Willoughby's to spy and report on them. One wonders--does she usually spy, or did she suspect they would be less than forthcoming about what they had been up to?
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