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Written by Tarn
(3/12/2009 5:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think Henry is feeling a little left out, penned by JoAnn
I thought that this was the primary point of Henry's analogy - that he should not have to share his partner with a disengaged man. Of course, in marriage that was a man's legal right, but a dance partner has no right to demand who his lady can or cannot talk to. I am not sure if he is showing a decided preference for Catherine's society or merely for the lack of John Thorpe's, but isn't he clever, to make his wishes known to Catherine in such a delicious, flattering and gentle way? (much better than coming to blows with John Thorpe then demanding satisfaction for his ladies honour- when I read this chapter I can see why this sort of behavior was popular. Poor Catherine, obliged to dance with John Thorpe or not at all!)
What I am enjoying, is the complete naivety of the Morelands - Catherine is as bewildered by Henry's pleasantries as Jomes was by the manner in which Isabella accepts him for a second dance in chapter eight. The Morelands seem flat-footed in the social whirl of Bath.
One thing that I am not sure of, is what John Thorpe means when he calls his sisters 'quizzers' -- does he mean they are expert in making fun of eccentric people, or that they are eccentric people and fair game for making fun of?
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