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|Thanks for re-visiting JT's little speech
Written by Ellen M
(3/25/2009 11:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did JT fall in love with Catherine?, penned by Robbin
It was mentioned in a thread *way*way* down there that JT's loss for words in this little speech appears that he might actually have some real feelings for Catherine. While I've never read it that way, I can see how it could be read that way.
However, I don't think he has a loss for words; he - for once - is actually able to put a filter on his mouth and doesn't say the words that he is thinking. Here's my reading of this speech:
“That is kind of you, however — kind and good–natured. I shall not forget it in a hurry. But you have more good nature and all that, than anybody living, I believe. A monstrous deal of good nature, and it is not only good nature, but you have so much [money], so much of everything [- Lord knows I want more of everything]; and then you have such [an inheritance to look forward to from Mr. Allen] — upon my soul, I do not know anybody like you. [If I marry you, I get to control all your money and a good natured wife into the bargain. What say you? Shall we shack up?]” (Ch. 15)
Okay, okay, the "shack up" bit is my 21st century adaptation of JT. ;)
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