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Written by Bridget D
(9/21/2009 7:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She thinks Willoughby & Marianne are engaged, penned by kathleen (elder)
Wouldn't it mean that they should be even more circumspect... sincne the engagement was secret? And if Willoughby was indeed officially "attached" to one of the young ladies, might there not have been even more gossip...? I had actually thought that just as a bachelor would not invite ladies to his house, unless he had a sister or lady in residence to "do the honours", it was equally against etiquette for a single woman like Mrs D to invite a young male to stay at her house?
Was this perhaps an indication of Mrs Dashwood being silly & not thinking that it might be a bit improper to have a young man like Willoughby staying under the same roof as her daughter? just as she is too romantically "delicate" to ask her daughter outright if she's engaged to WIlloughby?
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