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[…] from various united causes, from his long residence at Hartfield, and his good nature, from his fortune, his house, and his daughter, he could command the visits of his own little circle, in a great measure, as he liked. He had not much intercourse with any families beyond that circle; his horror of late hours, and large dinner-parties, made him unfit for any acquaintance but such as would visit him on his own terms. (3.1)

Mr. Woodhouse’s small social circle is a particularly exaggerated instance of the sorts of micro-societies which characterize most Austen novels.

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