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Written by Mary Anne
(4/13/2012 8:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An awful engagement and an even worse proposal, penned by Nicki
‘Really, our opinions were so exactly the same, it was quite ridiculous! There was not a single point in which we differed.'
I can't help thinking of a couple connetions with this. One is the opening guns of Marianne and Willoughby's realtionship, how she is deceived into thinking that "their taste was strikingly alike." The other is Mr. Collins boasting the he and Charlotte were of one mind about everything and what a perfect partner she was for him, never knowing how he's being guided by her. This seems to be a favourite keynote for Austen to indicate that there's a deception of some sort in progress.
As for John's attempt at a proposal, it may be the worst in all of Austen, surpassing even Mr. Collins' knuckleheaded treatment of Elizabeth and Darcy's infamous first proposal. At least both those men had the ability to actually propose. Bless Catherine's innocence! If she really had the least idea what Thorpe's trying to do . . .
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