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|Sorry, Siobhan, your explanation...
Written by Line
(3/24/2009 7:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In defense of the Captain, penned by Siobhan
...still doesn't do it for me. :-( Even if you feel that Frederick Tilney handed Isabella exactly what she deserved, he was also punishing an innocent bystander, James Morland, who *didn't* deserve it. Second, who appointed Captain Tilney as judge and jury? When you start playing at love with someone, you can't always control the results! Also, even though I don't like Isabella, it always tugs at my mind that in JA's era, the price a woman had to pay for a (would-be) marriage gone wrong was so much more higher than for a man. IMO, Tilney really might have been playing with fire.
May I ask what makes you feel friendly towards Captain Tilney? When I think back to his siblings' comments about him, I remember the opposite - that they didn't seem like much of a recommendation, so I'd like to know what recommended him to you. :-)
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