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|I think it's "not speaking of it"
Written by Delories
(2/24/2011 5:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not noticing it or not speaking of it?, penned by TimLee
That's why she manages to be so genuinely happy and good natured, living as a shabby-genteel spinster with a deaf old mother on a small income.
I agree with Tim that she really is a Good Woman, with admirable qualities.
It's part of the genius of JA to pay attention to people like Miss Bates, and make her a key character, while still being able to make us laugh (or at least smile in recognition) at her foibles.
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