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Written by Cheryl
(6/21/2006 11:16 p.m.)
One of the ways you can tell the "sensible" characters from the "insensible" ones is their speech patterns. Laura et al declaim in flowery language - lots of "dost thous", etc, while those with no senbility, those whom Laura can only pity, speak plainly and to the point.
Augusta: "You are too ridiculous (said Augusta) to argue with." (Letter 7)
MacDonald: "Be satisfied Madam (replied he) I do suspect it, and therefore must desire that you will both leave this House in less than half an hour." (Letter 13)
Laura: "Yes, cold and insensible Nymph, (replied I) that luckless Swain your Brother, is no more. (Letter 14)
I always picture someone from the Jon Lovitz School of Acting! (for you old Saturday Night Live fans) declaiming these showy speeches, complete with lots of large arm movements. What fun JA must have had reading these lines aloud to her family.
What are your favorite Acting! speeches in L&V?
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