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|Does sealing make a difference to the propriety?
Written by Tom P2
(10/22/2012 4:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, correspondence, penned by Stephanie
Stephanie> Elinor is about to write a letter to Edward when he walks in.
I wonder whether she means to seal it. Some adaptations show a servant bringing in an unsealed letter, folded but sprung partially open, on a tray. Adaptations aren't authoritative, of course, but it seems to me that if a letter has no privacy safeguard, it's less of a sign of intimacy between its sender and recipient.
(I was going to try to equate the term 'letter' with sealing, and 'note' with non-sealing, but then found that both terms are used for the same missive in chapter 40.)
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