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Written by Nikki N
(4/26/2012 12:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think so, penned by Ramya
I think Isabella was very insincere and never in love with either James or Capt Tilney. I see Isab as an unsuccesssful Lucy Steele -- I don't believe Lucy was in love with either Edward or Robert but went after the richer brother. I think Isab did not intend to break off her engagement until sure of Capt T, but was forced to do so, becasue James was there, saw her flirtation with Capt T and remonstrated with her (Edward was not present to see Lucy's behaviour with Robert).
I don't think Capt T was a complete villain eitehr, after all, his brother and sister were fond of him, and worried that he might have been ensnared by an unprincipled girl. But Capt T was smarter than the foolish Robert Ferrars. He was "lively, sometimes thoughtless", but with "a stronger head". Capt T would have been a brilliant match for Isab, but even James was a fairly good match for her -- Mrs Allen spoke of Isab's good luck on becoming engaged to James, Isab herself was entirely without fortune.
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