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|To Ellen and Lynn
Written by Line
(3/25/2009 9:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Response to all of Line's responses, penned by Ellen M
Ellen, you're right of course that Isabella bears by far the most blame here, since she was the one who had actually pledged herself to James, and very willingly, too. However, that doesn't make the third person in the triangle blameless, especially since he knew from the start that there was someone else.
To Lynn: Yes, it's pretty obvious in retrospect that Captain Tilney was *not* looking for a wife when he took up with Isabella. I guess the big problem was that the two of them were playing two different games. Isabella was playing "for keeps" while Frederick was playing "for now", all the while knowing full well that his partner was (at least trying) to play by very different rules! :-(
Actually, I'm reminded of a certain Henry Crawford, who actually *preferred* to flirt with already-engaged women, because then nobody would try to foist any unwanted responsibilities on him. I wonder what Captain Tilney's attitude was about this? I can't say for sure, of course, but I suspect that FT is planning to fully enjoy his bachelor existence for some time to come, and then when he *is* ready to settle down, he's going to be very particular about the moral character, etc. of his bride-to-be. :-(
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