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|Yet another shift of mood - more LOL lines!
Written by JoAnn
(3/26/2009 2:31 a.m.)
We'd talked in an earlier thread about how the whole tone of the book changed with the change of setting to Northanger, and I'd commented that I was having a problem finding LOL lines in the third week of the GR. I'm happy to report that this week it's been much easier to find them!
Some of my favorites:
I love the description of Eleanor "with more good will than experience" trying to help Catherine pack - I can just imagine the inefficiency, in contrast with practical Catherine who is accustomed to doing her own work.
Ch. 26: "[Wednesday] did come, and exactly when it might be reasonably looked for."
Ch. 29: "...a pleasure quite unlookd for by all but the two youngest children, a boy and girl of six and four who expected a brother or sister in every carriage. Happy the glance that first distinguished Catherine! - Happy the voice that proclaimed the discovery! - But whether such happiness were the lawful property of George or Harriet could never be exactly understood." - I can hear the conversation now: "I saw her first!" "No, I did!" "No, I did!" "NO, I DID!" "Mommy!!"
And then there's the return to Mrs. Allen, who persists in her habitual state of self-involved oblivion. The entire description of her echoing over and over again, "I really have not patience with the General." until she got distracted with reporting on a tear in her lace. Hysterical.
And then when Henry and Catherine visit her right after they've declared themselves on the walk over, we read that " Henry talked at random, without sense or connection, and Catherine wrapt in the contemplation of her own unutterable happiness, scarcely opened her lips... I can't imagine Mrs. Allen even noticed either of those things! I imagine her sitting there, oblivious again to everything not directly connected to her attire. Hah!
And don't even get me started on the narrator's voice at the end, which I think is particularly brilliant.
I'm so glad the mood has lightened! What are your favorite lines in this last section?
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