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|Ch 10: More marked contrasts between Henry and John....
Written by jeffrey
(4/11/2012 9:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another contrast, penned by Frances G
In this chapter, we begin to see that Catherine is not at all slow on the take-up, just naive' but learning FAST the difference between a true gentleman and John, the "butt-insky." Henry speaking at the dance:
“That gentleman would have put me out of patience, had he stayed with you half a minute longer. He has no business to withdraw the attention of my partner from me. We have entered into a contract of mutual agreeableness for the space of an evening, and all our agreeableness belongs solely to each other for that time. Nobody can fasten themselves on the notice of one, without injuring the rights of the other. I consider a country–dance as an emblem of marriage. Fidelity and complaisance are the principal duties of both; and those men who do not choose to dance or marry themselves, have no business with the partners or wives of their neighbours.”
The ensuing conversation throws light on Henry who wants nothing more than some interrupted time to show particular attention, honor, and respect to the young Catherine. He is attracted and interested in learning all about HER, unlike John's self-centered blathering all about HIM. What a role model for all young men to center their interests on the objects of their affection rather than themselves! Henry, you're a class act!
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