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Written by nan duval
(5/4/2008 12:00 a.m.)
I noticed a lot of references to heat & cold in this week's chapters. I have (I hope not too tediously) assembled them here. The heat & cold & cool & warm in various situations seem to me to have various meanings.
"The whole party walked about, and looked, and praised again; and then, having nothing else to do, formed a sort of half-circle round the fire, to observe in their various modes, till other subjects were started, that, though May, a fire in the evening was still very pleasant."(Chapter 38)Warmth of society
"Thank you, my mother is remarkably well. Gone to Mr. Woodhouse's. I made her take her shawl—for the evenings are not warm—her large new shawl—Mrs. Dixon's wedding-present.—"(Chapter 38)Warmth of friendship.
"Upon my word, this is charming to be standing about among such friends! And such a noble fire!—I am quite roasted. No coffee, I thank you, for me—"(Chapter 38)again--warmth of society.
"Here is your tippet. Mrs. Weston begs you to put on your tippet. She says she is afraid there will be draughts in the passage, though every thing has been done—One door nailed up—Quantities of matting—My dear Jane, indeed you must."(Chapter 38)warmth of family concern
"How much more must an imaginist, like herself, be on fire with speculation and foresight!—"(Chapter 39)Heat of imagination.
""Oh! that's all. I have nothing more to show you, or to say—except that I am now going to throw them both behind the fire, and I wish you to see me do it."(Chapter 40)Fire as purgative--purification.
"This is a sort of dull-looking evening, that ought to be treated rather as winter than summer. We had great amusement with those letters one morning. I want to puzzle you again."(Chapter 41) ? sensation of coldness in summer in spite of a friendly gathering.
"That he might not be irritated into an absolute fever, by the fire which Mr. Woodhouse's tender habits required almost every evening throughout the year, he soon afterwards took a hasty leave, and walked home to the coolness and solitude of Donwell Abbey." Heat of anger, cool of reflection
"Under a bright mid-day sun, at almost Midsummer, Mr. Woodhouse was safely conveyed in his carriage, with one window down, to partake of this al-fresco party; and in one of the most comfortable rooms in the abbey, especially prepared for him by a fire all the morning, he was happily placed, quite at his ease, ready to talk with pleasure of what had been achieved, and advise every body to come and sit down, and not to heat themselves.—"(Chapter 42)warmth of friendly concern for a person who is very sensitive to cold
"delicious fruit—only too rich to be eaten much of—inferior to cherries—currants more refreshing—only objection to gathering strawberries the stooping—glaring sun—tired to death—could bear it no longer—must go and sit in the shade."(Chapter 42)heat of frenzied activity
"It was hot; and after walking some time over the gardens in a scattered, dispersed way, scarcely any three together, they insensibly followed one another to the delicious shade of a broad short avenue of limes, which stretching beyond the garden at an equal distance from the river, seemed the finish of the pleasure grounds.—" (Chapter 42)
"It was a sweet view—sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive." (Chapter 42)
"The shade was most refreshing, and Emma found it the pleasantest part of the day."(Chapter 42)
"The cold repast was over, and the party were to go out once more to see what had not yet been seen, the old Abbey fish-ponds; perhaps get as far as the clover, which was to be begun cutting on the morrow, or, at any rate, have the pleasure of being hot, and growing cool again.—" (Chapter 42)enjoyment of the contrast of sensations
"She spoke with great agitation; and Emma very feelingly replied, "That can be no reason for your being exposed to danger now. I must order the carriage. The heat even would be danger.—You are fatigued already." (Chapter 42)heat as peril
"He had been detained by a temporary increase of illness in her; a nervous seizure, which had lasted some hours—and he had quite given up every thought of coming, till very late;—and had he known how hot a ride he should have, and how late, with all his hurry, he must be, he believed he should not have come at all. The heat was excessive; he had never suffered any thing like it—almost wished he had staid at home—nothing killed him like heat—he could bear any degree of cold, &c., but heat was intolerable—and he sat down, at the greatest possible distance from the slight remains of Mr. Woodhouse's fire, looking very deplorable. Heat of frustration
"You will soon be cooler, if you sit still," said Emma.
"As soon as I am cooler I shall go back again. I could very ill be spared—but such a point had been made of my coming! You will all be going soon I suppose; the whole party breaking up. I met one as I came—Madness in such weather!—absolute madness!" heat of disappointment(Chapter 42)
"No, certainly not; I shall go home in the cool of the evening."
"But you may come again in the cool of to-morrow morning."(Chapter 42)coolness as transition
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