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Written by JoAnn
(3/11/2009 12:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And there's also the added thing of social rules..., penned by Moni
this idea of which set of rules she's following is even more interesting. In chapter 12, for instance, when she sees that Eleanor Tilney is, in fact, at home after being told that she is not, we read that, "She could almost be angry herself at such angry incivility; but she checked the resentful sensation; she remembered her own ignorance. She knew not how such an offence as hers might be classed by the laws of worldly politeness, to what a degree of unforgivingness it might with propriety lead, nor to what rigours of rudeness in return it might justly make her amenable."
Catherine, herself, realizes that there's a different set of rules, and that she has no idea what they are. I think it's also reflected in her repeated appeals to Mr. and Mrs. Allen to tell her what is proper (as well as her inability to recognize that Mrs. Allen's a lousy source for such information).
Poor Catherine! A little fish suddenly swimming among sharks!
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