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Written by MarianneR
(9/16/2009 3:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think you're closer, although, penned by Diane DeS
In ch.9, shortly before Willoughby is introduced to the Dashwoods (and to the reader), we read the following: About a mile and a half from the cottage, along the narrow winding valley of Allenham, ... the girls had, in one of their earliest walks, discovered an ancient respectable-looking mansion, which, by reminding them a little of Norland, interested their imagination,
From that I gather that Allenham in fact was an attraction at least for the Dashwood girls. It must have been large and pretty enough to remind them of Norland. Remember that this discovery is made before they made the acquaintance of Willoughby and by the girls it is indicated that even sensible Elinor was of that opinion.
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