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Written by Barb JA
(9/19/2010 7:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Rears and Vices, penned by Bridget D
Once the pun was explained to me, I became confused in the same way Rachel has spelled out in her original post. If Mary had meant the pun as it was explained to me, and the others had understood it as such, how could it be anything other than coarse?
After all, Mrs. Jennings is thought to be extremely improper just for openly talking about her daughter's pregnancy.
The only way I can reconcile it is that Edmund didn't see the pun that way, otherwise he would have thought her coarse.
Rears, I believe, was referring to Rear Admirals. Also the phrase Rears and Vices, because Vices is capitalized seems to be referring to some contemporary reference. Was there a play or book where Mary got this phrase? If that bit was clarified for me, I have forgotten it.
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