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|Catherine's regression; Henry's line between thought and conduct
Written by Tom P2
(3/23/2009 6:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My opinion, penned by BarbaraB
It would be disappointing to think that Catherine is regressing - that her recent good sense regarding John Thorpe was just a flash in the pan. But I'm inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt for being a steady improver, on this basis: her infatuation with 'horrid' fiction is an older folly coming to the surface, not a newly acquired folly. It started in chapter 5 or 6, but was in abeyance all through the chapters that mentioned Blaize Castle, and only found an outlet in Volume II. (Go on, Catherine, get all those defects out in the open and then get rid of them. Good girl.)
Something that struck me this time was Henry's
We hear him repeatedly come out in favour of free thinking:
This contrasts with his constrained circumstances. His past behaviour must have been quite conciliatory, so as to accustom his father to no reluctance but of feeling, no opposing desire that should dare to clothe itself in words (ch30). Or, as BarbaraB put it, it's probably something the general's family has been doing for a long time to keep the peace.
That is to say, one does what one must, but thinks what one chooses.
Another of my favourite Austen characters, Elinor Dashwood, might well agree.
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