Posted by Barbara on November 09, 1997 at 00:48:48:
In response to And speaking of propriety..., written by cammy on November 07, 1997 at 18:54:14
] Um, what about in the following chapter when Mrs Dashwood leaves Marianne alone in the house when she suspects that Willoughby will come calling? I was kind of surprised here, thinking that such a meeting would instead be seen as scandalous. That is, no chaperone present. Or am I being prudish? (My mom would've freaked, and that was the 1980's!)
In P&P, Lizzy is dying a thousand deaths when her mother none too subtly (forces?) lures Kitty, Mary, and Lizzy out of the room so Bingley and Jane can be alone and he can propose. But, although I think I would rather have Mrs. Dashwood for a mother than Mrs. Bennet, what Mrs. B. did was certainly not as improper as if everyone left the house altogether.
However, the story line of the rest of the family not knowing exactly what transpired between Marianne and Willoughby could not have worked had all the family been home at the time.
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