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|Not so on numerous levels.
Written by Barbara
(9/25/2009 6:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Everybody and everything annoys Mr Palmer :-), penned by Reeba
He would not need to be embarrassed by gaffes of various kinds if he had married Lady Middleton, nor would she annoy him with silly chatter. She is also good-looking, which seems to have been his main attraction to Charlotte, and would have had as much of a dowry as Charlotte had. She would, indeed, be a hostess for him. She is a hostess for Sir John's gatherings now, all the time. Why would she refuse to do the same if she were married to Mr. Palmer instead?
And really, if there are 8 sitting down at the table and there is a cook and other servants, could it make any difference to sit another couple down with them? None whatsoever. It's not like Lady Middleton (or Charlotte, for that matter) would have to be the one preparing their meal, or that they were lacking in chairs for them to sit on or plates on which to put their food.
The only reason she refused to have them is because she is 'standing on ceremony' that they 'owe' her a dinner invitation--nothing to do with the size of the party or anything like it. Keeping score in this way is really not to the advantage of a sociable man like Sir John.
He is not the first person to notice defects in Barton Cottage--Elinor herself already commented on the dark narrow stairs and the kitchen that smokes.
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