Posted by Linda on November 21, 1997 at 15:23:40:
In response to Is Elizabeth's visit to Netherfield justified?, written by Constanza on November 21, 1997 at 13:02:07
] Isn't Elizabeth's reaction on hearing of Jane's illness really justified? I mean, she has to walk through muddy fiels in order to get to her, and it is a rather long walk. Doesn't she overreact? I think Bingley's sister are right here!
Lizzy is completely justified in insisting that she must visit Jane at Netherfield, IMHO. She knows her sister very well and may suspect that Jane understated her illness in the note. And also that Jane would like Lizzy to be with her. In fact, JA tells us the latter.
Her inquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. Miss Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish and not well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately; and Jane, who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance.
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