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|General T is a "man's man"
Written by Karen G
(3/19/2009 4:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some thoughts on General Tilney, penned by MarianneR
two things popped out to me regarding the General's guided tour of the Abbey with Catherine:
One was about the library:
they proceeded into the library, an apartment, in its way, of equal magnificence, exhibiting a collection of books, on which an humble man might have looked with pride. Catherine heard, admired, and wondered with more genuine feeling than before — gathered all that she could from this storehouse of knowledge, by running over the titles of half a shelf, and was ready to proceed.
The General does not have a particularly vast library. Ok, it was compared to the drawing-room that only was used when important people around, but I get the impression that he may have time for pamphlets, but not for books. I think the narrator was being facetious regarding any magnificence whatsoever. General Tilney is not a humble man, so he can't look at his library with pride, nay? Catherine (again, because they weren't OLD books perhaps) shows very little interest by looking over only half a shelf.
The other thing was about the billiard room.
General T likes billiards enough to have the billiard room connected directly from his private apartment. Isn't that convenient? :)
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