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Pride & Prejudice, Volume I, chapter 21

The extremely short version, and really I see no need to belabor today's chapter with a longer post:

Mrs Bennet is annoyed with Elizabeth, Mr Collins is annoyed with Elizabeth and behaving in a sulky/surly/churlish manner toward her (but appears to have captured Charlotte Lucas's sympathetic ear), and everyone has left Netherfield to follow Mr Bingley to town, whence they shan't return until spring, and where (hopefully) Bingley shall marry Georgianna Darcy.

And Caroline has sent a letter that reads roughly as follows:

Dearest Jane,

We've packed up the household to chase Charles to London so we can keep him caged up there for the winter. That Georgianna Darcy is SO talented and SUCH a sweet girl and we all ADORE her and Charles is going to marry her, m'kay? It would be SO nice to see you in London, but we know you won't be there. Please write.
Kiss kiss,
Caroline
P.S. Have a merry Christmas.
P.P.S. Just kidding. I don't give a rat's ass about your Christmas.


With a mere two chapters to go until the end of Volume I, you can count on something big going down - else why pay the library fee to borrow Volume II? (If that question confused you, I refer you to my post on three-volume novels in the 19th century.)

Tomorrow: Chapter Twenty-Two
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rachelswardrobe
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Letter to Caroline
Dear Caroline,
I hear you wrote to your 'good friend' Jane, what a horrid letter to write when you were probably well aware of Jane's regard for your brother.
What bad form to make out that he's not interested in her and is after Miss Darcy and that she's the only one good enough to become your sister! You must have known you would hurt your 'dear friend' and, because of her sweet nature, you knew for certain she'd believe your misleading comments about your brother, she wouldn't be capable of believing you'd decieve her in any way. That would be bad manners, not to mention bad breeding, but then, considering your descent, maybe you haven't had too long to hone your manners, being new money and coming from trade and all.
regards
Rachel
ps I hope Darcy pokes you in the eye!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: Letter to Caroline
My day. You just made it. LOL!
rachelswardrobe
Jan. 22nd, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Letter to Caroline
:D
nottygypsy
Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Letter to Caroline
One has nothing to say that wasn't said better by Rachel already. Well done!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Letter to Caroline
Wasn't Rachel clever?
rachelswardrobe
Jan. 23rd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Letter to Caroline
*grin*
writerjenn
Jan. 23rd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
I was thinking, as I read this chapter, of how much other people used to meddle in prospective marriages, and how difficult it must have been to try to make a happy match, with so many people in addition to the central couple having interests in the matter. Especially when there were so many social rules to prevent people's speaking plainly to one another of what they really felt and wanted.

Also, I love the last line of the chapter, about Mrs. Bennet's plan to invite Bingley to dinner:
" ... though he had been invited only to a family dinner, she would take care to have two full courses."
Whoa, Mrs. B.! Pulling out all the stops!

kellyrfineman
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I have a cookbook that dates from the late 1700s, and I can assure you that "two full courses" is indeed pulling out all the stops. Whereas for us it might mean something like an Italian meal - a pasta dish followed by a meat with a vegetable, say - in that time period it involved two full tables, with numerous dishes for each, all of which were either set out in a particular way or individually served by servants, depending on the nature of the occasion. A family dinner would likely have involved setting the dishes out on the table, but you'd be looking at 6-8 separate dishes per course, at a minimum.
writerjenn
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
More elaborate than I pictured, but I was amused by how the degree of Mrs. Bennet's hospitality is determined by her estimate of the prospective dinner guest's "eligibility!"
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