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Written by Robbin
(4/10/2006 10:53 a.m.)
Little as Catherine was in the habit of judging for herself, and unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be, she could not entirely repress a doubt, while she bore with the effusions of his endless conceit, of his being altogether completely agreeable. (Chapter 9)
I have to give Catherine a lot of credit for putting up with Mr. Thorpe and she is a very good sister and friend to give him so much benefit of the doubt. However, I think Catherine is completely right about Mr. Thorpe; he is not completely agreeable and is in fact very disagreeable. He shows no respect for his mother or sisters or for her—James must be very caught up with Isabella to not notice how awful his friend is to ladies in general and his sister. He seems to be trying to take possession of Catherine regardless of what she wants to do and I was especially annoyed when he harangued her about dancing with Henry in Chapter 10 and when he lies about seeing the Tinley’s out driving to persuade Catherine to go with them for a ride in Chapter 11! Catherine may be in little habit of judging people but she is pretty good at it so far. :D
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