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|No patience with the General
Written by Mary Anne
(4/27/2012 8:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What’s with the general, huh!, penned by Srirup
It IS a cruel thing to do. As for "How has he become a General?" Well, look at the modern military! Surely there are enough examples even now of idiots in the ranks to make a statement like "miliatry intelligence" an oxymoron. They can't all be like our WilliamL, you know. ;-)
As for his anger, I suspect the answer is "all of the above." I think he does have the capacity to be angry with himself but perhaps not to realize it. Because he wanted Catherine to be an heiress and thus a rich prize for his son, he's angry that this hasn't materialized and thus he take it out on a blameless target: Catherine herself. He can't vent on John the Bloviator because the boofhead isn't there. Catherine's presence is a reminder of his mistake, so he throws her out.
Also, this is Austen's satire of the heroines of Gothic novels being thrust into a dangerous situation, just like Thorpe's "abduction" of her earlier. Catherine is thrown into a potentially hazardous situation and weathers it well---"with the greatest good sense" if with seriously injured feelings.
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