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Written by Robbin
(3/14/2009 9:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My favorite quote, penned by Patricia P
I don’t think Catherine & Henry are in the same type of relationship as Sir Thomas & Miss Ward in MP, Ch. 1. Sir Thomas married Miss Ward because he was captivated by her—probably captivated by her beauty. So far Henry seems attracted to Catherine’s honesty, naivety and per Ch. 14 her admiration of him. Catherine is not indolent and stupid like Lady Bertram and Henry is not reserved and seemingly indifferent like Sir Thomas. Is there any evidence either Sir Thomas or Henry wants(ed) ignorant partners? Lady Bertram parrots her husband’s opinions without thought but that is not true for Catherine. Henry explains the picturesque and Catherine is an eager attentive admiring pupil and immediately shows how much she learned:
“Catherine was so hopeful a scholar that when they gained the top of Beechen Cliff, she voluntarily rejected the whole city of Bath as unworthy to make part of a landscape.” (Ch. 14)
I see the situations and the characters as vastly different from each other. Further comparisons of NA and MP should be popped over to the Austenations board and discussion of MP to that novel board. Thanks for reading. (;D)
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