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Written by Adrian
(3/24/2009 12:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Both facetious of Isabelle and true of Catherine, penned by Karen G
Here Eleanor is the voice of logic and Henry is (albeit facetiously) echoing Catherine's loyalty to Isabella. Apparently Henry will not do anything to upset Catherine just when she is feeling so distraught. Of course it feeds into his ultimate point, which he gains with Catherine by the end of the discussion:
“No,” said Catherine, after a few moments’ reflection,... “I do not feel so very, very much afflicted as one would have thought.”
“You feel, as you always do, what is most to the credit of human nature. Such feelings ought to be investigated, that they may know themselves.” (Ch. 25)
And so (with a slight detour through compassion) Henry arrives at logic at last.
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