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|Mr. Weston encourages Frank to visit Jane Faiffax.
Written by Graciela
(4/16/2008 11:53 p.m.)
"Oh! go to-day, go to-day. Do not defer it. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. And, besides, I must give you a hint, Frank; any want of attention to her here should be carefully avoided. You saw her with the Campbells when she was the equal of every body she mixed with, but here she is with a poor old grandmother, who has barely enough to live on. If you do not call early it will be a slight."(Ch. 23)
Mr. Weston is speaking of Jane Fairfax but I wonder if he (maybe unconsciously) is referring also to Mrs. Weston. He could have been accepting Frank excuses for not visiting them, but he could have felt that perhaps Frank would have come earlier if his step-mother was a woman of more consequence instead of a former governess. After all, Frank can go to places like Weymouth. As Mr. Knightley said to Emma:
It is on her [Mrs. Weston] account that attention to Randalls is doubly due, and she must doubly feel the omission. Had she been a person of consequence herself, he would have come I dare say; and it would not have signified whether he did or no. Can you think your friend behind-hand in these sort of considerations? Do you suppose she does not often say all this to herself?(Ch. 18)
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