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|Ch 11: Relational insights between Mrs. Allen and Catherine
Written by jeffrey
(4/12/2012 8:59 a.m.)
I love this cute exchange between Catherine and Mrs. Allen! They are discussing the possibilities of rain spoiling Catherine's much-anticipated walk with Eleanor.
Mrs. Allen speaks first here regarding the rain being messy:
“Perhaps it may, but then, my dear, it will be so dirty.”
“Oh! That will not signify; I never mind dirt.”
“No,” replied her friend very placidly, “I know you never mind dirt.”
It is obvious that Mrs. Allen knows a whole LOT more about Catherine's propensities because our sweet Catherine is only a few years removed from cricket, rolling down hills and playing in the dirt. Mrs. Allen, often so quaint and vacuous, gets in a cute zinger here doesn't she? It is a bit of a goofy relationship and Jane Austen wrings out much amusing dialogue between these two.
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