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|Isabella 's materialism....
Written by MandyN
(4/14/2006 11:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Isabella's reaction to the Moreland's offer, penned by Pennie
The Thorpes appear to delude themselves about James' material expectations.
On hearing Mr Morland agreed to the marriage, Isabella launches into estacies of social and material advancement with a carriage and jewellery.
'Ah ! my Catherine you have found me out. That's the sting. The long, long endless two years and half that are to pass before your brother can hold the living.' (ch. 16)
I think we see Isabella's desperation here, not just the material girl. She is aged 22, in competion with younger women with dowries, insecure and feels a need for speed to gain an establishment. Now Isabella has achived what she wanted, namely, an honourable engagement. Yet she doesn't seem so grateful for her luck, does she ?
Incidently, don't you think the Morlands were surprised when James arrived home ? Afterall, they thought he was at school. Then he says he wishes to marry a girl they've never seen before.
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