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|Ch. 3: Henry had me at "hello"
Written by Delories
(3/2/2009 11:10 a.m.)
"a very gentlemanlike young man... He seemed to be about four or five and twenty, was rather tall, had a pleasing countenance, a very intelligent and lively eye, and [here comes my favourite line] if not quite handsome, was very near it."
Their subsequent first conversation only makes him more endearing; and I like how it's all Catherine's PoV: "she found him as agreeable as she had already given him credit for being. [Could it be that his being "not quite handsome" actually makes him more attractive, because it's not so daunting?] He talked with fluency and spirit — and there was an archness and pleasantry in his manner which interested, though it was hardly understood by her."
The detail of Henry's switching between his natural tone and an affected simper for comic effect is the icing on the cake. Definitely NOT the typical Gothic/Romantic hero, but a thoroughly charming guy, all the same.
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