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Written by Cheryl
(9/19/2005 11:47 p.m.)
"but I quite agree with my father in thinking a sailor might be a very desirable tenant. I have known a good deal of the profession; and besides their liberality, they are so neat and careful in all their ways!"
Doesn't that just beg the question of how Mrs Clay became so well acquainted with sailors?
And what about her long, long speech - the longest she has in the entire book, IIRC - defending and justifying how working makes men ugly. Is this a defensive action, as she knows she is not considered a beauty? Or is there more to it?
But then she, wise woman, ends her speech by saying that only gentlemen with no profession - like Sir Walter - can "hold the blessings of health and a good appearance." She does possess the happy ability to flatter with delicacy. ;-)
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