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|Not just the Dixons, general reserve
Written by Tracy W
(4/17/2008 4:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Emma being fair to Jane Fairfax?, penned by Robbin
She [Jane] was, besides, which was the worst of all, so cold, so cautious! There was no getting at her real opinion. Wrapt up in a cloak of politeness, she seemed determined to hazard nothing. She was disgustingly, was suspiciously reserved.
If any thing could be more, where all was most, she was more reserved on the subject of Weymouth and the Dixons than any thing. (chpt 20)
Since JA specifies that Jane "was more reserved on the subject of Weymouth and the Dixons", then Jane must have been generally reserved about more things.
If Jane does not want to talk about the Dixons, that is her choice. But in social situations it is generally nice if you can talk about something, with at least a simulation of openness. I have spent the odd weary evening making conversation with a person who does not offer an opinion on anything, it is very hard work. Why shouldn't Jane do something for the sake of conversation? If she can't make up a witty account of some minor disaster on her trip home, then perhaps launch a full-blown attack on the latest poem by Byron.
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