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|Is there a bit of Mr. Rushworth in John Thorpe ?
Written by jeffrey
(4/6/2012 12:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Catherine is a darling girl, penned by Rute
Ch 7: Enter the "bloviator." We get an indication of the boorishness of Mr. Thorpe when Miss Austen takes up almost an entire page of him explaining how long it took and how far it was from Tetbury. Then it was his gig. Then it was his horse. I felt myself grumbling: "what's your point?" or..."Is this going to take long??"
Not knowing what to make of this vanity-soaked blow-hard, poor intimidated Catherine tries to apologize for her very valid personal opinion:
“........Have you ever read Udolpho, Mr. Thorpe?”
“Udolpho! Oh, Lord! Not I; I never read novels; I have something else to do.”
Catherine, humbled and ashamed, was going to apologize for her question, but....."
Does not Mr. Thorpe remind you somewhat of a Mr. Rushworth who blathers on and on about the minutest details of his estate and what he plans to do? Both of them just like to hear themselves talk and show no delicacy or sensitivity in how to carry on a two-way conversation!
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