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Written by Lori Kate
(4/17/2008 11:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Weston encourages Frank to visit Jane Faiffax., penned by Graciela
...if there is one. With Jane Austen such possibilities abound. And while it's impossible to say for sure, it's an interesting idea, about Mr. Weston possibly making a subconscious connection between this relatively minor social situation and Frank's implicit slight of Mrs. Weston in failing to pay a timely post-wedding visit.
Mr. Weston is an aimiable man, and it must require a lot to actually offend him, as he never appears to take offense at anything. But in addition to being a very good natured man, he's also successful and intelligent. So it could be that he makes a small subconscious connection here -- though there's a big difference between this relatively insignificant social situation, where a failure to pay a prompt visit is unlikely to be remarked, and Frank's long delay in paying a vist to his own father and new bride.
I really enjoy any possible connections between Mrs. Weston and Jane Fairfax, particularly Mrs. Weston's speculations in regard to Jane, which seem to spring from her sense of a similarity between Jane's situation and her own. And I love how different are Mrs. Weston's speculations about Jane from Emma's ideas.
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