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Written by MarianneR
(3/10/2009 4:18 a.m.)
This is something I don´t really understand. When Mr. Tilney finally manages to get hold of Catherine and starts to dance with her (ch.10), his conversation subsequently turns to the subject of marriage, starting with:"I consider a country–dance as an emblem of marriage. Fidelity and complaisance are the principal duties of both; and those men who do not choose to dance or marry themselves, have no business with the partners or wives of their neighbours.”
It is clear so far that he is vexed on Thorpe´s impudence to draw Catherine´s attention from him. But why does he turn the subject to marriage at this point? It seems quite early IMHO. Is it mere envy or is it a hint to how deep his interest in Catherine actually is? Or does he want to hear Catherine´s thoughts on that subject? But that´s a daring step, isn´t it? I have no clue at all...
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