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|I think JA was not contemptuous of servants, so much as...
Written by Cathy Allen
(9/15/2009 1:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "When you have eliminated the impossible,, penned by Anselm
...a woman of her time and class. I remember reading a short story featuring another famous detective, Fr. Brown, MANY years ago (sorry, I can't remember the name of the story). It was a murder mystery, and the murderer entered the house in plain view, and in broad daylight, with no one being aware of him. The reason for this was that he was the mail carrier! No one "saw" him.
I think that the same thing happened here with Edward; the servant was there, but not noticed, and therefore, "invisible" to the Dashwoods, as well as to JA. To the best of my limited knowledge of JA's time, servants were TRAINED to be invisible. It was a different world...
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