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Written by JoAnn
(3/26/2009 2:05 a.m.)
I hadn't started this GR with a focus, but as we've been reading and discussing I've been drawn to the theme of duplicity that has recurred throughout the book (and, sadly, I've had to conclude that the proper word is duplicity, rather than my preferred duplicitousness). We've seen it in characters' actions, their words, and even in the choices of words that JA used, such as "gentle violence."
In these final chapters, Catherine continues to believe in Isabella's goodness and truth, even after receiving her letter from James. Makes me want to just shake her! When will she ever learn?!
Then, finally, she gets a little real-life experience in duplicity - at the beginning of Chapter 28 we read that " [General Tilney's] departure gave Catherine the first experimental conviction that a loss may be sometimes a gain." Might this be the beginning of her ability to understand that things aren't always as they seem?
I'm cautiously optimistic. :-)
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