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Written by MaryAnn K.
(4/15/2006 3:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fortunately our Catherine does not show this, penned by Pennie
Here I see that, though Catherine may have been neglected in the ability to see much of the world and mature out of her naitivism, she had a good core of understanding which her parents must have seen in her, in allowing her to go with the Allens to Bath. She was a good girl at heart, and her parents such down to earth, goon natured people, there was little warning her about mischevious nobleman, etc. Her artless breeding was fresh and sweet to the Tilney's, no doubt!
In this edition, there is also a rebuttal written by Mary Wollstonecraft which was wonderfully freeing. She writes,
"The remarks relative to behaviour, though many of them very sensible, I entirely diasapprove of, because it appears to me to be beginning, as it were, at the wrong end. A cultivated understanding, and an affectionate heart, will never want starch rules of decorum- something more substantial than seemliness will be the result; and, without understanding the behaviour here recommended, would be rank affectation. Decorum, indeed, is the one thing needful!-decorum is to supplant nature, and banish all simplicity and variety of character out of the female world. Yet what good end can all this superficial counsel produce? It is, however, much easier to point out this or that mode of behaviour, than to set the reason to work; but when the mind has been stored with useful knowledge, and strengthened by being employed, the regulation of the behaviour, may safely be left to it's guidance."
It must have been gold to read that as a woman in the 17 and 1800's, a breath of fresh air!
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