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Written by Julia Catherine
(3/5/2009 11:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, First impressions, penned by Anselm
I believe that Isabella occasionally projects herself onto others. For example, in her chapter 6 conversation with Catherine in the Pump Room, she tells Catherine, "Oh! They [men] give themselves such airs. They are the most conceited creatures in the world, and think themselves of so much importance!" Of course, that is a perfect description of herself. Later, in regard to the two "odious" young men that she claims is staring at her, she says, "They are not coming this way, are they? I hope they are not so impertinent as to follow us. Pray let me know if they are coming. I am determined I will not look up." As we know, she is just so impertinent as to follow them, while the men seem determined not to look up. I also suspect that she was the one doing the staring, because she prefaces her pursuit by stating that "one was a very good-looking young man." I am curious to see if this pattern continues. If it does, it will give the reader a valuable insight into Isabella's personality and motivations.
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