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|Was Eleanor entirely scrupulous?
Written by Linden
(4/24/2003 5:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: The real gothic story, penned by Siobhan
Here's what JA says about Henry and Catherine's correspondence:
A couple were not supposed to write to each other unless they were engaged, and it was a breach of decorum to do so. The Morlands turn a blind eye to it, so they evidently don't think that it's a serious breach, but General Tilney would have thrown a fit if he'd found that his daughter was writing to her young man.
But -- a clue! -- Eleanor has a means of undertaking secret correspondence in her friend Alice, and she is prepared to use it when she wants to hear from Catherine. Was Alice acting as a cover for Eleanor's correspondence with her young man?
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