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|Chapter 3: Catherine is more thoughtful
Written by Lynn
(3/3/2009 4:25 p.m.)
“I have sometimes thought,” said Catherine, doubtingly, “whether ladies do write so much better letters than gentlemen! That is — I should not think the superiority was always on our side.”
“As far as I have had opportunity of judging, it appears to me that the usual style of letter–writing among women is faultless, except in three particulars.”
“And what are they?”
“A general deficiency of subject, a total inattention to stops, and a very frequent ignorance of grammar.”
“Upon my word! I need not have been afraid of disclaiming the compliment. You do not think too highly of us in that way.”
“I should no more lay it down as a general rule that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes. In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.”
I thought it was interesting that Catherine, who is considered so innocent and ignorant has given thought to this. It is a fascinating little bit of conversation, I thought. I don't want to debate who are better writers, but what do you think this conversation says about them? Or is there anything?
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