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|The ways of a much older man
Written by Robbin
(4/1/2008 12:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More like one-sided view of things, penned by Martine
I agree. You make a good point—Mr. Woodhouse sees the world through his preferences, requirements and desires, reasonable or unreasonable, but I suspect many people do. I think what is truly different is he seems incapable of doing otherwise. He cannot believe other people feel differently than he does. He believes what is right for him is right for everyone. Along with being a valetudinarian all his life, Mr. Woodhouse may have always been without activity of mind or body with the ways of a much older man—Chapter 1. I think his habits are reinforcing. For example, the more he stays safe and secure at home, the more fearful he is of going out. Perhaps this is how he got into the state he is in—his habits reinforce his fears and anxieties which encourage him to continue the habits which make him feel safe and secure. If he has always been protected, coddled and tended to in the manner Emma does then he would never really have a reason to break the cycle. (;D)
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