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|Thoughts on Eleanor's charecter. (longish)
Written by MandyN
(4/13/2006 1:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A Subtle, Tactful Eleanor Tilney (long), penned by Pennie
Thanks for this introduction to Eleanor Tilney.
Eleanor appears tranquil, kind hearted and sensistive.
I was interested in contrast to Henry, a speedy acquaitnce with Miss Tilney for Catherine is prevented by, 'the frequent want of of one or more of these requisites, prevented their doing more than going through the first rudiments of an acquitance, by informing themselves how well the other liked Bath...' (Ch.8)
Otherwise, Catherine had lots to say to become intimately acquainted with Eleanor !
] What I wanted to focus on this week is how Miss Tilney shows great depth of charecter, but only if you look closely.
I don't think we learn much about Eleanor personally until the walk to Beechan Cliff in Ch.14.
Perhaps Eleanor finds herself with much leisure time alone to read.
However, the 1790s' was a time of social unrest.
Eleanor and Isabella apear as competing role models, calling to Catherine with different interests and ideas.
I agree Eleanor is a charecter that gothic authors may have written of. She apears subject to a difficult father which may make her feel reserved. Yet Eleanor is well mannered and refined, kindly, rich and she always wears white.
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