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|Er...I always thought he was being rather generous...
Written by Kelley B
(4/17/2006 11:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Henry's lectures, penned by Deborah Y
...during this scene. I mean, she's accused his father of a horrible act. I'd be pretty offended but Henry isn't. Instead, he takes the time to get her to think reasonably. I don't see this as condescending at all. At this point she's let her imagination run wild and her suspicions are severe. Henry's trying to get her to focus on reality by bringing up laws and religion and education. He tries to do this in a gentle way, too. He calls her Dear Miss Morland repeatedly and asks her to consider the likelihood of someone being able to get away with something like that.
This is a very delicate and personal topic of discussion for Henry...they're talking about his mother's death. Not only did he have to experience it but he had to be the one to tell Eleanor the news. These are painful memories for him. The fact that he's able to remain as calm as he does impresses me more than anything. I may be alone on this but I like him more during this scene than any others.
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