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Written by Ingrid Linnéa
(9/1/2003 5:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Odd happenings in Conduit Street, penned by Art
This is very confusing to me too. But we don´t actually see Lady Middleton during the evening (Mrs Jennings has talked to her, but, being her mother, she might have gone to her rooms.), and the cold might be an excuse not to attend in the evening:
In the country, an unpremeditated dance was very allowable; but in London, where the reputation of elegance was more important and less easily attained, it was risking too much, for the gratification of a few girls, to have it known that Lady Middleton had given a small dance of eight or nine couple, with two violins, and a mere side-board collation.
Haven´t got a clue if it would have been socially acceptable to do such a thing, but after all several chaperones were there.
] 2) I cannot understand Mr. Palmer's brief conversation with Elinor:
IMO the paragraph before - that Mr Palmer actually knows they are in London - is a clue. This might be another way of telling us how studied he is in his "negligence".
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