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Written by Tom P2
(3/2/2011 3:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Being the wife of a Church of England clergyman..., penned by Delories
Mr Elton's popularity is hard to reconcile with statements like "... never cared whether she were dead or alive, but as your friend. ..." (ch15). Ummm, Philip? [Tap on shoulder.] Do you have a moment? [SLAP!] Isn't she one of your parishioners? Doesn't that mean you'd prefer her to be alive?!
Perhaps his popularity is to do with his looks, his prowess at whist, and the benefit of the doubt, rather than as vicar per se. He's very different from Edmund Bertram, and I like to think that Mary Crawford would consider him an oik.
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