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Written by LaurieC
(5/1/2005 5:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I thought..., penned by Ann2
My understanding of this practice was that if he loaned (not gave) a semi-valuable article to a person of very bad character, they would never revisit to return the item. So for a very small "fee", the Vicar could rid himself of unwanted guests. I laughed when I read that passage, because it seemed rather ingenious to me.
This novel does have a certain tone, which might be considered absurd, but he seems to have a good take on the foibles of human nature.
Another question I had was of hiring a guide to lead them through the flooded areas. If Mr. Burchell knew the area so well, I'm wondering why the added expense of a guide was necessary? Also, did anyone else suspect Mr. Burchell of an unintended revelation in chapter 3? (I'm only into chapter 4, so this may become obvious (or not!) later...)
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