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Written by Robbin
(9/15/2010 7:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And why is common sense looked down upon? That is a, penned by AnnetteJ
I don’t feel the narrator or Edmund are disparaging common sense. (:D) As I see it the problem with Mr. Rushworth is that he does not possess more than common sense. I interpret it to mean Mr. R has the common sense to make his way though the world without walking off a cliff but has a less than stellar understanding. He is not what Anne Elliot would describe as good company which is “clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation” (P, 16). As witnessed in Ch. 6 Mr. R is sadly deficient in the first two and while processing a great deal of conversation it is rather dull and as you suggest he is somewhat insensitive to how others respond to him and he appears to easily confuse himself. I also think he is being taken-in by Maria:
Miss Bertram’s attention and opinion was evidently his chief aim; and though her deportment showed rather conscious superiority than any solicitude to oblige him, the mention of Sotherton Court, and the ideas attached to it, gave her a feeling of complacency, which prevented her from being very ungracious. (6)
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