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Written by Rachel G
(9/12/2010 11:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, and also, penned by kathleen (elder)
While Henry could be accused of selfishness for being unwilling to give up his freedom and settle for the relatively confined and unvarying society of a country neighbourhood in order to provide a home for his sister I don't find this a very surprising attitude for a sociable young man.
I agree with Kathleen (elder) that London may be the key here. If so, I think we may be jumping to unwarranted conclusions if we attribute unworthy or sinister motives to such a preference. Consider the following quotations from the Georgian era:
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." [Samuel Johnson (of dictionary fame), 1709-1784.]
"I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave." [Sydney Smith (reformist clergyman), 1771-1845.]
Perhaps we will find out more about Henry's motives as the novel proceeds.
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