Although Constantia and Josephine have never had suitors, they were once pursued by a mysterious man at a boarding-house in Eastbourne who left a note outside of their bedroom door. They were unable to read the note and never reunited with the man; thus, this enigmatic figure represents their faded prospects for marriage and independent lives outside of their family home.
The Man at the Boarding-House Character Timeline in The Daughters of the Late Colonel
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The Daughters of the Late Colonel
...after that. Josephine doesn’t know how to meet men or get to know them. Once, a man at their boarding-house in Eastbourne placed a note on a jug of water outside of the bedroom door, but they... (full context)