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|Woodhouse & Churchill
Written by Robbin
(4/4/2008 4:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Weston, ownership, and (in)dependence, penned by Laraine
"Poor Miss Taylor! -- I wish she were here again. What a pity it is that Mr. Weston ever thought of her!"
"I cannot agree with you, papa; you know I cannot. Mr. Weston is such a good-humoured, pleasant, excellent man, that he thoroughly deserves a good wife; -- and you would not have had Miss Taylor live with us for ever and bear all my odd humours, when she might have a house of her own?"
"A house of her own! -- but where is the advantage of a house of her own? This is three times as large. And you have never any odd humours, my dear." (Chapter 1)
Dear Mr. Woodhouse seems to be echoing the sentiments of the first Mrs. Weston whose spirit was not the best and could not refrain from unreasonable regrets and who missed the luxuries of her former home—Chapter 2. Surely Mr. Woodhouse is displacing his feelings of how he would never prefer Randalls over Hartfield to Poor Miss Taylor. I cannot help but laugh that Miss Churchill’s disposition and sentiments seem to mirror those of Mr. Woodhouse! I think this is to give a little extra insight into Miss Churchill’s character but also Mr. Woodhouse seems to be echoing some of the sentiments of the rest of the Churchills’ (Chapter 2) albeit with motivations of gentle selfishness rather than of pride and importance.
Like the Churchills, Mr. Woodhouse cannot approve of the connection to Mr. Weston; he wishes Mr. Weston had never thought of Miss Taylor. However possessing the opposite wishes of the Churchills’, he fervently desires Miss Taylor to return to them at Hartfield forever while the Churchills with infinite mortification threw their sister off with due decorum until she had suffered a great deal with illness and was nearly dead. I think the similarities between Mr. Woodhouse to the first Mrs. Weston and the Churchills serve to illustrate that while some of their behavior and sentiments seem to be the same they are in fact very different sort of people. Mr. Woodhouse for all his gentle selfishness has not the temper to throw off a member of his family circle despite the fact she pursued a path in life he could not follow or approve. I wonder if there will be any other similarities between the people at Hartfield and Enscombe.
In spite of the “Poor” Mr. Woodhouse insists accompany her name, Miss Taylor is almost nothing like her poor departed predecessor. Miss Taylor had to deal with Mr. Woodhouse who surely protested the idea of her marriage from the moment he learned of it so I think Miss Taylor and Miss Churchill are alike in that they would not be dissuaded from their marriage to Mr. Weston. However, where Miss Churchill was obstinate Miss Taylor is “well-judging” and where the first had not the best spirit the second is truly amiable and I think where one regretted and was encumbered by loss of the luxuries of Enscombe her former home the other has no regret of a larger house but only concern for the feelings and happiness of her friends at Hartfield. Then of course the first Mrs. Weston was never quite happy in her marriage while the second seems to be just the opposite. (;D)
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