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Written by Robbin
(9/23/2010 5:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Henry's motives., penned by Rachel G
I agree with a lot of what has already been said of Henry’s motives. I feel his satisfaction lies in two directions. His vanity is stroked by the affection of women and obtaining that affection is a challenge and an amusement in itself. I am not ready to equate Henry with his uncle but despite his inattention to the dairy maids I think he is somewhat of a libertine. He is unprincipled and too weak willed to curb his pleasures. He might have attacked the Miss Bertrams with ‘no object but of making them like him’ and may not have wanted them ‘to die of love’ but it is fairly obvious he intends to inspire something more in Maria. Henry is careful not to risk his heart and his happiness but he easily risks that of others. He has broken Julia’s heart but he is aware of it?
Henry returns to Mansfield in September because the ‘sisters, handsome, clever, and encouraging, were an amusement to his sated mind’ (12) which seems to mean playing two sisters’ against each other adds a new and exciting element to a romantic intrigue to a mind already gorged on similar fare. After Yates’ stories Henry ‘was quite alive at the idea’ of acting because ‘in all the riot of his gratifications it was yet an untasted pleasure’ (13) suggesting his pleasures have been luxurious and unrestrained. I think Henry is more like his uncle than not and he plays with female hearts primarily for the sake of his vanity and the amusement of a bored mind but I see no evidence he would scruple to indulge in more than flirtation if the opportunity presented itself. (:D)
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