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Written by Anselm
(9/23/2009 10:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Questions for our more perceptive readers around book II..., penned by Jeffrey
I was going to post on the apparent pointlessness of the Palmers myself, but I decided to wait until someone else jumped first ;). Edward's visit - yes, there's definitely a purpose to that, both in terms of emotional and narrative plot. The Steele's visit - well, that speaks for itself. But the Palmers? I wouldn't want to forgo such a delightfully depressing couple, but I guess finding out what they're there for will have to wait.
As far as the time lapse goes, if you absolutely love spoilers in a massively humungous way, check out Ellen Moody's painstakingly researched and detailed calendar for this novel. According to her, the Dashwoods arrive at Barton Cottage on 2nd September 1797, while Lucy's revelation to Elinor occurs on 4th December of the same year. So the answer is some three months.
|Ellen Moody's S&S calendar|
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