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Written by Karen G
(3/25/2009 12:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thank you very much for this thread, Line, penned by Ellen M
I agree about the discussion. I think until this read, I have also felt that Henry is not a changable character in this novel. And that this is a story about Catherine growing up, but that Henry rather almost took pity on her and married her anyway, etc. But the fact that Henry steps out from under his father's shadow and the "keeping of the peace" that he's grown in the end is something I hadn't considered before. And also the motivation for him to do so, was not as flip as the words put into the narrator's "mouth" so-to-speak of (Ch. 30) ..."that a persuasion of her partiality for him had been the only cause of giving her a serious thought. As also mentioned in Ch. 30, "[Henry] felt himself bound as much in honour as in affection to Miss Morland", an honor which he could also see in Catherine - that she had been honorable in all that she thought and did. And he admired her for that, and finally felt compelled to exercise his honor in honoring her with his hand. Makes me feel better about that match, and more admiring of Catherine, too.
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