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Written by Robbin
(4/13/2006 1:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Bedford, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
I think that JT has been to the Bedford and at least met with General Tilney, I am not so sure that his beating him at billiards is not an exaggeration because JT is a braggart. He is bragging to Catherine about not only meeting a wealthy man but defeating him at a game, they may have even wagered on the game—I am not sure. I do not think that JT or even Isabella, has the same sensibilities as Catherine—he probably does not see his reference to the Bedford as reflecting badly on himself, I think this is probably his world view and places like the Bedford and people like the General is what he enjoys and who he idolizes.
JT thinks Catherine is a sort of heiress and will benefit from the death of Mr. Allen as well believing along with Isabella that the Moreland’s are wealthier than they are. JT does not try to get to know Catherine as a person. I think it is all about money for him. He began paying extraordinary attention to Catherine as soon as he met her—tries to partner her in all dances, tries to take her out in the carriage nearly every day and tries to keep her from seeing other people even if he must lie to do it.
To me there is an element of desperation to both Isabella and JT’s characters, as if their lifestyle is a sham which is ready to fold in on them and uncover their real status as a family in hard times—which IMO is no shame to anyone but those who are focused on the superficial. :D
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