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|I think you've explained just the ticket for Mr. Woodhouse
Written by jeffrey
(3/16/2011 8:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In defense of Mr. Woodhouse, ..., penned by gianni
Clearly, Mr. Woodhouse is "old school" gentry and has probably been waited on hand and foot his entire life by his own late parents, his servants, his late wife, then "poor" Miss Taylor, then Emma, then the John Knightleys, then Mr. Knightley, THEN his most patient and accommodading Highbury friends.
Perhaps, Miss Austen wanted to portray the passing of the older traditional landed gentry with the rise of the industrial revolution generation just following him as typified by: Mr. John Knightley, Mr. Martin, the Coles, the Westons.
In projecting the novel out in my mind's eye, I can envision Highbury becoming less class conscious, more socially mobile, and more inclusive following Mr. Woodhouse's demise. He represents the last of the old guard.
As was the case with many of the titled landowners Mr. Woodhouse was probably indolent with a lack of physical activity all his life and this can be contrasted with the physical, and purposful industry of the Martins, Coles, and Knightleys.
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