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|Another case of Isabella projecting herself?
Written by Graciela
(3/10/2009 6:38 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Isabella going after Henry?, penned by Robbin
you mischievous creature, do you want to attract everybody?
and JA says that Eleanor "seemed capable of being ... at a ball without wanting to fix the attention of every man near her", which is intended to make a contrast with Isabella.
Perhaps she's trying to make James jealous? This conversation is made in his presence:
“Now, Mr. Morland,” for he was close to her on the other side, “I shall not speak another word to you all the rest of the evening; so I charge you not to expect it. My sweetest Catherine, how have you been this long age?
And also at the ball, she's with James when she tells Catherine to point her Mr. Tilney:
“Oh! Heavens! You don’t say so! Let me look at her this moment. What a delightful girl! I never saw anything half so beautiful! But where is her all–conquering brother? Is he in the room? Point him out to me this instant, if he is. I die to see him. Mr. Morland, you are not to listen. We are not talking about you.”
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