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Written by Kate Samson
(8/24/2003 3:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR : Confusion, penned by Annette J.
] I think this is correct. People frequently went to view the estates of wealthy individuals whom they did not know, but generally went when the person was not in residence,
You raise Darcy and Elizabeth as an example and it made me think of another visit Lizzie received which was from Lady Catherine - where she says that Lady Catherine's visit to Longbourne would appear to the public more like a confirmation of matrimony, than her desire to have it 'universally contradicted'.
My interpretation of the Allenham incident was that it seemed like such a get-the-family-acquainted-with-everything visit - showing your fiancee the house you'll share, which is a little insensitive to Mrs Smith since she's hardly dead yet! It also makes it socially inappropriate if Marianne and Willoughby are not engaged.
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