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Written by Heather L
(4/20/2006 2:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hyacinths, penned by JulieW
I think Catherine's ability to "learn to love" is very important in this scene. This is some strong flirting on Henry's part, and Catherine picks up on his meaning -- note that she's too embarrassed to answer him, and the fact that the General's compliments "did not advance her composure" suggests that she is already discomposed by Henry's suggestive banter.
This is one of my favorite Catherine-Henry passages; their dialogue plays off each other so well, and the subtext junkie in me loves to see them talking about flowers ... but not really talking about flowers.
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