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Written by Cheryl
(4/24/2003 5:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Was Eleanor entirely scrupulous?, penned by Linden
] 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,
I think it more that the Morlands considered Catherine and Henry to be engaged, just not "officially", pending the General's consent.
] 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?
But Eleanor had Catherine write to her under cover of Alice, as she was to be at Alice's home: "Direct to me at Lord Longtown's, and, I must ask it, under cover to Alice." The excuse to kick out Catherine was that the Tilneys had a prior engagement at the Longtown's. Eleanor asked Catherine to write to her under cover of Alice, because she knew the General would be keeping an eye on her correspondance.
I doubt that the same device could be used for Eleanor to keep in touch with her suitor. Unless you are suggesting that the (not yet) viscount wrote to Alice who then forwarded it to Eleanor. And how would Alice explain receiving letters from a strange man? And would have Eleanor put her friend in that kind of position? I can't see Eleanor going that far into deception.
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