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Written by Bridget D
(10/7/2009 7:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Come hither signals, penned by Robbin
well no there isn't a reference because officially any kind of illicit sex was contrary to Christian morality and that was the official morality of ENgland at the time. And for much of JA's world, of country squires and parsons, they probalby DID stick more to the tenets of Christian morality (but then again Harriet Smith's father is a merchant!)
With regard to your point about people knowing about Eliza, most people who had met her or heard of her problaby knew the gossip that she was Col Brandon's natural daughter.. so she was already someone with a dubious background....
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