Written by nan duval
(3/7/2009 7:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do you think, penned by Lynn
that Isabella's "great personal beauty", flirtatiousness & propensity for flattery would be initially attractive to "the men" but would not be able to attach anyone with sense and experience.
It's not my impression that Isabella is commenting on Catherine's beauty with any envy. I think Isabella is quite secure in her own attractiveness & is only doing her usual manipulative dance of flattery of Catherine.
Btw, the term "the men" seems to me to be different from the term "men". Men seems generic while "the men" sounds to me like it's objectifying a particular set of men. Perhaps I'm reading excessively into it but I've only noticed Isabella using the term, & it makes "the men" sound like ap peculiarly pitiable sort of game animal.