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Written by Cheryl
(4/1/2006 4:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Oh what fools these mortals be!, penned by Carolyn
On what kind of fool you're talking of. If we're talking a Shakespearean fool, one who is witty and clever and says outrageous things that expose the basic silliness of society - then Henry's our man. I giggle all through his first conversation with Catherine when
Then forming his features into a set smile, and affectedly softening his voice, he added, with a simpering air, “Have you been long in Bath, madam?” (ch 3)
He is playing the fool here and expertly skewering the affectly world-weary Bath denizens at the same time. And when he ends it with
“Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again.”
I just lose it. So funny, and so charming.
But, if we're talking fool as in foolish and stupid, then my vote would be for John Thorpe. All his going on at great length about his horses and his gig and how fast they are and how much he spent on them - "Oh, d____ it!" he is a wearisome idiot!
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