Posted by Brenda T. on July 28, 1998 at 22:51:16:
In response to London Trip, written by Vivienne on July 27, 1998 at 13:17:13
] Does anyone know the approximate date they return from London? I have looked in the novel but I cannot seem to find it.
In chapter 1 of volume III, Marianne finds out that Elinor has known about the engagement between Lucy Steele and Edward Ferrars for four months. "Wnen Lucy first came to Barton-park last November, she told me in confidence of her engagement," Elinor admits. So, the engagement was made public in March. But then in chapter 3 of volume III, we find out that "the Miss Dashwoods had now been rather more than two months in town" but that the trip home might take a "little more than three weeks' time" since they planned to stay at Cleveland (the Palmers' house). I would guess that the women are going home in April, by the time the journey is underway.
Does this sound accurate? I just perused the novel quickly. (I have a set of the Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen in several volumes. Every other novel has a chronology appended to it. I suppose no one bothered with this one.)
A more exact JA scholar may be able to provide a more precise date. : ) Hope this helps.
- Yes, it did help. Thank you. (nfm) Vivienne 15:06:36 7/29/98 (0)
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