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Written by Lori Kate
(4/18/2008 7:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I wasn't defending her, penned by Laraine
...by the title of the post to offer my reasons for not seeing Mr. Knightley's view of Harriet as inconsistent. But I see what you mean, that it could be viewed in that way by someone not fully cognizant of the context, i.e. just hearing the first and second descriptions, without understanding the reasons for the change.
Another interesting point about Mr. Knightley is his name (as adjective). I've always enjoyed it, and am not thinking, offhand, of other examples of names from the novels that serve such double-duty. If there are others, this post may inspire readers to point them out, though that would probably end up being a topic for Austenuations.
Due to a last-minute change, Iím glad that Iíll be in town afterall for the part of the book that contains my GR focus, as I was originally scheduled to be gone. Canít wait to read up on all the insights on Mrs. Elton (just finished Julie Wís post on the Hawkins and Norris names Ė wow).
These are characters I always had a horrible reaction to, but I didnít imagine a connection between their characters and profiteers on slave-trading. But my goodness how much sense it makes, when I think of Mrs. Eltonís interactions with Jane, which turned out to be the most difficult part of Mrs. Eltonís character for me to bear. The fate of governesses and slaves are compared in the novel somewhere I think Ė another corroborating connection Ė shudder.
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