Notice how Louisa in her excitement includes "Mr. Beamish and Salter" with "Harriet and Maria" as appositives to "the girls." Though it's clear she enjoys the company of Mr. Beamish (see the references to her "bower") it is evident that her delight at the appearance of her long awaited girlfriends puts him and his nephew into the background. (A similar incident occurs in S17 —see S17n1 .) Part of the explanation for this is undoubtedly that Louisa doesn't get the chance to enjoy the society of her girlfriends so often as she does that of Thomas—which may explain why, on other occasions, she shows a similar preoccupation with the female element at social gatherings (see O19, N14, also N12 ).