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|Mr. Woodhouse seems to have been always like that
Written by Graciela
(3/18/2013 4:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Past fortune, penned by Thérèse
The evil of the actual disparity in their ages (and Mr. Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time.
Valetudinarian: weakly; sickly; infirm of health (Johnson's Dictionary, 1805).
I don't suppose that being sickly would prevent a person from being married.
He doesn't like London, which he consideres unhealthy; he even laments that Isabella lives there:
"Ah! my poor dear child, the truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London -- nobody can be. It is a dreadful thing to have you forced to live there! so far off! and the air so bad!"
Even when Isabella assures him that they live in a part of London "very superior to most others" and "very airy", he is not convinced:
"Ah! my dear, it is not like Hartfield. You make the best of it -- but after you have been a week at Hartfield, you are all of you different creatures; you do not look like the same. Now I cannot say, that I think you are any of you looking well at present."
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