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Written by Line
(3/24/2009 10:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 27: Isabella saying one thing..., penned by Lynn
Well, it seems fairly obvious that Isabella *was* thoroughly taken in by Captain Tilney, at least for a while (or she would never have broken off the engagement with James Morland), and this is an attempt to recover her dignity by going back to her former woman-of-the-world persona. ;-)
I pitied his taste, but took no notice of him.
Captain Tilney is now clearly hanging around this other girl (or was, when Isabella wrote her letter!), and I picture Isabella gnashing her teeth, visibly not speaking to him, sending him death glares whenever they found themselves together, perhaps stalking dramatically away, and generally complaining to her family about the "nasty little freckled thing" who had replaced her in his affections.
IMO, one part of Isabella's letter that is quite sincere is the opening:
...this horrid place... [snip] Thank God, we leave this vile place tomorrow. Since you went away, I have had no pleasure in it — the dust is beyond anything; and everybody one cares for is gone.
Subsitute "since *Captain Tilney* went away", and I'm sure that this is really how Isabella feels about Bath at the moment - it has seen the ruin of all her best hopes, and she can't wait to get away from it!
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