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|I do not see how one can say the Allens are not...
Written by Adrian
(3/2/2009 2:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But....but....., penned by Amymarie
...proper chaperons, certainly not from what we see in the first seven chapters. While Mrs. Allen is superficial, she is responsible and (wisely in Mrs. Allen's case) defers to Mr. Allen's judgment in such matters as seeking out Mr. King for introductions at the Lower Rooms in Ch. 3. We know that Mr. Allen, having seen Catherine dancing with Henry, found out directly who he was to determine if he was a proper acquaintance for her.
The Allens are a far cry from Emily's aunt in Udolpho, who was foolishly blind in her alliance with Montoni and cruelly restrictive in keeping Valancourt away from Emily. Nor are the Allens as foolish (at least so far) as chaperons in some of JA's other novels who let their charges run off with unworthy men.
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