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|Ch, 2 Wedding Cake rumour...
Written by Moni
(4/1/2008 4:04 a.m.)
To close chapter two, there is the little sentence above, following Mr Woodhouse's ideas about wedding cake. Previously he had expressed his disapproval of it from a health point of view, as his own stomach found it too rich. He liked the apothecary, Mr Perry, because he agreed with his views, however, the Perry children were rumoured to have eaten the cake as well as everyone else. Indeed, it was all eaten, in spite of what Mr Woodhouse thought about it.
This small rumour seems to underpin Mr Woodhouse's preference for the familiar, to have people directly around him who were agreeable, and to want to exert himself in some beneficial way to others ("his benevolent nerves".) Yet it did not work, the wedding cake was eaten, after all, even by the apothecary's children, if the rumour is to be believed.
Is Mr Woodhouse considered the elder (e.g. is he the eldest male father figure?), the patriarchal type of figure of Highbury? He has above all, a very benevolent kind of intent, in his concern for the eating habits of others,even if his advice isn't always heeded. This intent is seen in Emma so far, as well as in Ch.4, where she wants to be "useful" to Harriet. Any thoughts?
(Really hope this makes sense!)
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