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Written by Ramya
(9/28/2010 11:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Rushworth needs an injection of clarity from Mr Tilney, penned by Tom P2
We know that Mr. Rushworth is not the brightest bulb in the room, but is it all ignorance and self-delusion? Even before Henry comes into the picture in a big way, Maria's behavior to him is clearly neither loving nor conciliating. Miss Bertram’s attention and opinion was evidently [Mr. Rushworth's] 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... prevented her from being very ungracious. Chap. 6
Afterwards, his fits of jealously clearly point to the fact that he notices the flirtation between Henry and Maria. But, after Maria passes into reckless behavior, his lack of any kind of action seems more than a little surprising.
From this moment there was a return of his former jealousy, which Maria, from increasing hopes of Crawford, was at little pains to remove Chap. 18. Her behaviour to Mr. Rushworth was careless and cold. Chap. 21
Recalling NA again, Isabella's flirtation with Cap. Tilney leads Isabella and her fiancé to part with mutual consent. After all, many people think Fanny ought be more proactive about her abusive situation in spite of her timid nature and constricting circumstances. Does a little "slowness" excuse Mr. Rushworth from taking any kind of direct action?
Perhaps, if he had had the courage to confront either of the offenders, it may have served as a wake-up call for them? even if they had manage to placate him, Henry would definitely have withdrawn his attentions. Maria may have even broken off with Mr. Rushworth in the height of her confidence in Henry. Things would have come to a head one way or another.
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