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Written by Line
(4/16/2010 1:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More on the idea of putting down those who like to read, penned by Barbara
It's obvious that Caroline's "(she) has no interest in anything else" is a put-down, but I realize now that I'd always thought that Caroline *did* mean "Miss Bennet is a great reader" as a sort of compliment, at least in a "Look what a Goody-Two-Shoes she is!" kind of way. Now I realize that Caroline is trying to imply that Elizabeth might be someone like Mary Bennet, definitely *not* a compliment, though Elizabeth turns it into one by replying that she doesn't deserve such praise!
Thank you all for bringing this up - always nice to figure out something new about my favourite novel! :-)
Come to think of it, I'm rather surprised that Caroline has known Darcy so (comparatively) long without ever realizing that he admires women who read! Was the Female Reader = Impossible-to-Admire Bluestocking equation so fixed in her mind that she didn't notice subtle clues to the contrary?
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