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|Humorous Sotherton outing
Written by Barb JA
(9/19/2010 10:03 a.m.)
It begins with Maria and Julia wanting to ride up in the box with Mr. Crawford and Julia gets her wish.
But of course it gets flip-flopped once they're at Sotherton. Maria finally perks up a bit when she gets to brag about her future home.
It gets quite funny when they get to chapel. Everyone is at cross purposes. Julia tries to continually remind everyone (Mr. Crawford in particular) that Maria is going to be married. Mr. Crawford steps up to Maria and says
Of course there's humor in Mary's being aghast at finding out Edmund is to be a clergyman.
Once they're out on the grounds, the humor begins to wear. Julia is fuming because she's stuck with Mrs. Rushworth. Mrs. Norris takes up with the housekeeper. Is it rude for a guest to ignore the host and go directly to the housekeeper like that? It seems odd to me.
I get a bit angry at this bit
After sitting a little while Miss Crawford was up again. “I must move,” said she; “resting fatigues me. I have looked across the ha–ha till I am weary. I must go and look through that iron gate at the same view, without being able to see it so well.”
It's seems Mary is trying to contrast herself with Fanny and wants to ditch her before she's rested. Edmund with his own motives presses Fanny to stay there.
At the end of day, the only ones who had a fully good time were Mrs. Norris and Mr. Crawford. Perhaps Mary and Edmund did too. It makes me mad that Fanny waited patiently and never got to see the avenue!
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