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Written by Patricia P
(3/12/2009 2:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 14: Hard to make this one out..., penned by Karen G
This has always been my favorite JA quote probably because I was brought up to be a Southern Belle and I know this attitude still prevails today. It really resonated with me. That boys do not like smart girls is something you are brought up to. You are expected to act stupid all your life though it is not necessary to actually be stupid. Jane Austen tells us not all men share this flaw. Some only want their women to be ignorant so that the man can feel smarter by forming her thoughts (a reference here to Mansfield Park and Lady Bertram-there being a question as to why Sir Thomas would marry such a vacant person)Our Catherine is in just this relationship to Henry. She is very ignorant and he is well informed. He would find this an attractive especially when combined with her other positive traits.
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